Nationals star Bryce Harper has had an eventful week, which included finding out that he might not be the Nationals star much longer.
An anonymous club executive said that the Nationals won't meet Harper's demands for a 10-year, $400 million contract, and are prepared to let him walk when he becomes a free agent after the 2018 season.
That happened on Monday, then on Tuesday Washington missed out on trading from White Sox ace Chris Sale, who ended up going to Boston.
And then on Wednesday, the Nats ended up trading their pile of top pitching prospects to the White Sox anyway, but instead of getting Sale, they got centerfielder Adam Eaton.
Eaton, 28, has never been an All-Star. But he finished last season with a .284 batting average, .362 slugging percentage, 59 RBIs and 14 home runs. He's also an asset defensively in the outfield.
But the pitching prospects Washington gave up – Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning – amounted to a steep price for Eaton. So steep that the Nats reportedly offered almost the same package of prospects for Sale.
Within minutes of the Eaton trade news breaking, Harper tweeted this.
Wow...— Bryce Harper (@bryceharper3) December 7, 2016
He followed it up with a message of welcome a few minutes later.
Welcome to DC A.E! Let's get it done #nationals— Bryce Harper (@bryceharper3) December 7, 2016
Obviously, the initial tweet is what grabbed peoples' attention. But who can really say if Harper meant it as a positive or negative reaction to the Eaton trade? Frankly, it might not have anything to do with the trade at all.
Plenty of other "wow" things happened this week.
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