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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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The Nationals really did put Bryce Harper on waivers and the Dodgers tried to claim him

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The Nationals really did put Bryce Harper on waivers and the Dodgers tried to claim him

Bryce Harper is staying with the Washington Nationals after being placed on revocable waivers as part of the team's major Tuesday shake-up that saw the departures of Matt Adams and Daniel Murphy. 

The Dodgers, who made a splash at the July 31 trade deadline with acquisitions of Manny Machado and Brian Dozier, were reportedly the mystery team that won the claim for Harper, according to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan.

The Nationals ultimately declined the Dodgers' trade offer, which has now expired. 

In order to properly understand how the Harper situation shook out, it’s important to be familiar with baseball’s waiver trade system. 

Each National League team, in order from worst to first, had the opportunity to claim Harper. When Harper was claimed, the two teams open negotiations for a trade. When the two teams failed to reach a deal, the team who placed the player on revocable waivers (Nationals) chose to pull the player back. 

This appears to be what took place Tuesday with Harper. 

Davey Martinez’s team currently sits 62-63 trailing the first-place Atlanta Braves by 7.5 games. The Nats are 3-7 in their last 10 games. 

In 122 games this season, Harper is hitting .246 with 30 home runs and 79 RBIs. 

 

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The Nationals' fire sale is here, with Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams shipped out of town

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The Nationals' fire sale is here, with Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams shipped out of town

The Nationals decided at the July 31st trade deadline they wouldn't be sellers.

Tuesday, they changed their mind. 

Second baseman Daniel Murphy is off to the Cubs, as first reported by Craig Mish. First baseman Matt Adams is headed back to St. Louis, as first reported by Jeff Passan. Even Bryce Harper was placed on revocable waivers and reportedly claimed by the Dodgers.

When players are placed on revocable waivers, the two teams can either work out a deal or in the Nationals' case, they can pull that player back and keep them. 

"There was alot of thought put into it," GM Mike Rizzo said to reporters. "It was something we put into play four days ago, we felt the time was right to make the final decisions we had to make".

Nationals acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Cubs in exchange for Murphy.

Monasterio, 21, hit .263 with 14 doubles, two triples, three homers, 31 RBI, 52 walks, 10 stolen bases and 52 runs scored in 109 games for Myrtle Beach of the Single-A Carolina League this season. 

The Nationals also get cash considerations back in return from the Cardinals for Adams.

Harper though likely will be staying put according to multiple reports, because the 48-hour deadline to work out a deal for Harper passed.

"We took a chance at the first trade deadline and held tight," said Rizzo. "These are tough decisions. These moves allow us financial flexibility going into the 2019 season, to allocate our resources towards that."

The Nats are 7.5 games back in the NL East with 5 weeks to play.

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