Bryce Harper has two years left on his contract after this season and the Nationals have said plenty of times they would like to keep him long-term. Whether they can meet his asking price, though, is the real question.
According to a new report by Jon Heyman, the Nats "haven’t had significant negotiations" with Harper. And, as Heyman writes in Today's Knuckleball, the price could be going up:
"word going around is that it may “begin with a 5” as in $500 million, or perhaps even more than that – may severely limit their chances to keep the relationship going past 2018."
Heyman adds that he's heard numbers as high as $750 million over 15 years for Harper, but that those are just rumors. He even has a quote from GM Mike Rizzo on how the two sides have yet to have "substantive negotiations."
For more on Harper, as well as stuff on how much it could take for the Orioles to re-sign Manny Machado, check out Heyman's full piece here.
The Nationals and Harper had talks regarding an extension back in spring training, but nothing serious developed. It sounds like there could still be considerable distance between them.
The NL player of the month for April, Harper is currently sidelined with a bruised right knee.