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Mike Rizzo reveals what it would take for the Nationals to trade Bryce Harper

Mike Rizzo reveals what it would take for the Nationals to trade Bryce Harper

The trade deadline for Major League Baseball is less than a week away, and coincidentally, the Nationals' postseason chances are further in the rearview mirror with each passing day. The back-to-back NL East champions are currently 49-51, sit below .500 and are seven games back in the division.  

The team has yet to make any major moves as buyers or sellers. 

There are currently 14 players on the Nats' roster that will become free agents at the conclusion of the 2018 season, most notably Bryce Harper. Whether Harper and the Nats will come to an agreement on a new deal or move on from one another has been a topic of discussion since before the start of the season. That topic has since heated up when the team's struggles began months ago

The Orioles are suffering one of the worst seasons in the history of baseball and traded All-Stars Manny Machado to the Dodgers and Zach Britton to the Yankees in an effort to rebuild. Will the Nationals make a similar leap and trade Bryce Harper before the season is over or is there absolutely no chance of that?

General manager Mike Rizzo laid down the groundwork on what would have to happen for that to come to fruition. 

"A lot of things go into that question," Rizzo said Wednesday on 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies, simulcasted on NBC Sports Washington.

"That's a question that is tough to answer. 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. Harp[er]'s one of the superstars of the game, and he's a guy that's near and dear to my heart personally and is in Washington, D.C., and one of the great players in the game."

So what he's saying is there is a chance?

Rizzo – who is one of the best GMs in the league at making deals happen – could have straight up said "No, we would not trade Harper," but he didn't.

Rizzo has never been one to divulge trade deadline plans, as he shouldn't. But the response certainly sparks interest, knowing that if a team came to Rizzo with an eyebrow-raising offer, the Home Run Derby winner is not untouchable. 

Prior to the 2017 deadline, Mike Rizzo struck a deal to acquire pitchers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Athletics. That deal has proven successful, and now more than ever, the Nats need another one of those.


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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.