Another morsel of information came out of the rollercoaster that is Bryce Harper's free agency.
Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reported that the Nationals offered Harper a long-term deal on the last day of the season and he didn't take it. Also according to the report, the two parties had discussions throughout September.
This doesn't necessarily mean the Nationals are out of the race for Harper, but the offer made was phrased as "aggressive."
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo somewhat confirmed the contract discussions, saying at the GM meetings this week that "we took advantage of our exclusivity late in the season." The Nationals were the only team that could negotiate with Harper while he was under contract. Now that he is a free agent any team can talk to him.
On top of that, USA Today's Bob Nightengale tweeted out some additional information on Harper's free agency.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 6, 2018
There's no mention of the Cubs (or White Sox) in there, but there could still be a long way to go in this saga.