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Bryce Harper is reportedly on the trading block for the Nationals

Bryce Harper is reportedly on the trading block for the Nationals

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.

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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Trea Turner undergoes surgery to finally fix his broken index finger

Trea Turner undergoes surgery to finally fix his broken index finger

Trea Turner finally found the time to have his finger fixed.

A Saturday Instagram post showed Turner holding up his heavily wrapped right hand and held the caption: "Only took 7 months to get this finger fixed but now my ring will fit better! 🏆 Thank you to Dr. Carlson and all the staff at @hspecialsurgery for taking care of me! World class job by everyone! Forever thankful!"

"Can’t wait to start hitting with 10 fingers..."

Turner did not play from April 3 to May 17 after fracturing a knuckle on his right index finger when he turned to bunt, and a pitch from Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin struck his finger.

Turner's absence was among several enormous blows to the Nationals' health early in the season. His replacements -- Wilmer Difo and prospect Carter Kieboom -- both played poorly. Turner finished his shortened season as a 2.4-WAR player. Difo and Kieboom combined for -2.1 WAR in limited duty. The swing from Turner to his replacements became a massive hole and coincided with the Nationals bumbling through April and May.

When Turner returned, he still was not healed. He swung with nine fingers on the bat. Often, it flew out of his hands at the end of the swing when he first began to play again. He was never able to bend the finger enough so the tip touched the palm of his hand. Turner also went to great length not to discuss his situation through the year.

There was no immediate timeline for Turner's recovery process available Saturday.


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College GameDay sign takes dig at Astros amid sign-stealing scandal

College GameDay sign takes dig at Astros amid sign-stealing scandal

The College GameDay crew is in Waco, Texas, this weekend to set the stage for the highly touted Big 12 matchup between Baylor and Oklahoma that kicks off Saturday night at 7: 30 p.m.

Baylor fans were out in full force for the live broadcast, holding countless signs that took shots at the Sooners. But one fan went outside the college football realm for their inspiration.

The Astros are facing widespread scrutiny as a result of a report that detailed allegations claiming they used high-powered cameras to steal opposing pitchers’ signs during the 2017 season, when they went on to win the World Series.

Houston can’t do much to defend itself until MLB concludes its investigation, so for now it just has to take jabs left and right from all corners of the sports world.

And apparently, even from Waco.