With three years remaining on his contract with the Nationals, the future of Bryce Harper in D.C. has becoming an increasingly touchy subject for Washington fans, so much so that a potential long-term extension was brought up on the conference call to address his 2015 NL MVP honors.
Harper has given no indication he will leave Washington after the 2018 season, but it is widely known he grew up a fan of the New York Yankees. He is also represented by Scott Boras, who generally advises his clients to test the market. He is also likely to command the largest deal ever for an MLB player, wherever he goes. Hence, the uncertainty among fans.
Here is what Harper said when asked if he has thought about a long-term extension with the Nationals:
"I'm definitely excited to be a part of the Nationals organization. I think that being able to play in that stadium and play for this city and this town, being around the fans and just being around the city. It's such a great place to play. It's a monumental town. Everything happens there. I think baseball is up and coming. I think the things that we've done the last couple years have been a lot of fun for us. As a team and as an organization we've grown into an elite team. I think we're just going to keep getting better and better. Mike Rizzo has done a great job with this team and the hiring of Dusty Baker. He's definitely going to put us over the top. I'm definitely excited about the upcoming years and I'm definitely excited to further my career with the Nationals. I have a couple more years in D.C. and then hopefully at the end of that we can do what we can and I can be a National for life, hopefully."
Harper became the youngest player ever to earn an MVP award by a unanimous vote on Thursday night. He is the first D.C. player to win MVP since 1925.