Nationals have indeed made Bryce Harper available for trade

Nationals have indeed made Bryce Harper available for trade

Nationals have indeed made Bryce Harper available for trade

A year after hitting.319, Harper's average is down almost 100 points at.220 in 63 games this season.

Harper will be a free agent at season's end, and while he's not having an MVP-caliber season, he has the potential to be a real difference-maker for a contending team.

Major League Baseball executives on other teams are skeptical the Nationals will make a deal today.

However, Nats GM Mike Rizzo held a press conference on Tuesday morning saying the team is not trading Harper. Feinsand says Harper is owed around $7 million for the remainder of the season. People around the team have speculated they would ask an exorbitant return from any team that might have interest in the six-time all-star.


"At least one team in touch with the Nationals heard the club had deals "lined up" for multiple players, including Bryce Harper, but got the sense ownership pulled the plug late last night", he reports.

If the Phillies were to get into a bidding war for Harper it's likely they'd offer a package similar to the one they offered Baltimore for Manny Machado. Jayson Stark reported last year's first round pick Adam Haseley, an outfielder in Double-A, would have been in a trade. Harper will know they considered offers that would have sent him elsewhere.

Rizzo told The Washington Post in a text message that Harper "is not going anywhere".

The MLB trade deadline is set for 4 p.m. E.T. Stay tuned. The Nationals, meanwhile, are lingering in playoff contention - they're 5 1/2 games back in the wild-card race. "They're seeing if someone wants to go insane".

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