Bryce Harper is not going anywhere before the MLB trade deadline.
At least that is what the general manager of the Washington Nationals Mike Rizzo told Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.
Mike Rizzo just reached out with this message:— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 31, 2018
"Bryce is not going anywhere. I believe in this team."
This announcement happened six hours before the non-waiver trade deadline at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Last night and this morning there were multiple reports that the six-time All-Star was on the trading block for the Nationals. Turns out Rizzo has made his decision no matter what other offers come his way. In all likelihood, the Nationals did not receive fair value trades for the former MVP or the team is convinced he will be in their future plans.
Harper will stay with the team, despite his looming free agency this upcoming off-season. Expected to make between $400 and $500 million on his next contract, Harper will be one of the most sought-after free agent in MLB history. Not trading the 25-year-old also means there may be no return if Harper goes to another team.
It also means that the team is still convinced that they can make the postseason in 2018. If the Nationals were to miss the playoffs and Harper leave for nothing then this will turn gloomy for the Nationals.
The Nationals look to make that playoff push despite sitting at a 52-53 record with less than 60 days left to go in the season. To do so, they will definitely need the former NL MVP to improve on .220 batting average.
This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
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