The rumors and speculation may now be true, Bryce Harper may not be a Washington National by this time tomorrow.
The Nationals are putting Harper out there on trade deadline day according to a new report according to Mark Feinsand.
Yesterday there was a report that the Nationals were in contact with the Cleveland Indians regarding the possibility of Harper.
And Cleveland is not the only team either, the Los Angeles Dodgers "checked-in" on Harper. Apparently Washington was not in the position to sell at the time.
Easily this could just be Washington entertaining offers and seeing what they can get for an MVP-caliber player that is set to hit free agency this upcoming off-season.
However, one MLB executive does not forsee Harper being moved today before the deadline.
Sources confirm: #Nationals sending “feelers” out on Bryce Harper. “I’d be shocked if they do it,” one rival exec says. “They’re seeing if someone wants to go crazy.” First with the news that Harper was available: @chelsea_janes and @Feinsand.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2018
Harper, at 25, with a MVP already under his belt is expecting to command one of the largest contracts in MLB history. Some speculations have the amounts upwards of $400-$500 million. While Harper has been the face of the franchise, there are legitimate concerns on the value of Harper with outfield prospects Juan Soto and Victor Robles growing up in the outfield.
That is even if Harper wants to stay with the Nationals. He could very well take his talents to the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, or insert any team that wants to spend a ridiculous amount of money.
Trading the six-time All-Star will also give Washington at least SOMETHING if they believe that Harper will not sign with them.
Although, as many can expect, there is probably a high asking price for Harper. Do not expect a handful of prospects like the Baltimore Orioles got in Manny Machado. For sure there will be a starting pitcher and another proven starter that has to be included in any deal.
There is also more weight added to these reports because just last week general manager Mike Rizzo said, "It'd have to be something spectacular, a set of circumstances for us to do that. But like I said before, we're going to do what we have to do to better this team for 2018 and beyond."
The MLB's non-waiver trade deadline is today at 4:00 p.m. ET.
This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
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