Bryce Harper available via trade

Hope Soto
August 1, 2018

This is not about the Nationals cashing in on their season. He saw the benefits in getting an arbitration deal done with Harper two years ahead of this tense free agent season.

None in recent years, however, figure to be as big as seeing Bryce Harper dealt away by the Washington Nationals - something that has apparently moved from pipe dream to possibility ahead of Tuesday's Major League Baseball trade deadline. He's a career.277 hitter with six all-star appearances in seven seasons. He also told ESPN's Buster Olney that Harper will not be dealt. Even though it's likely that Harper won't be a National in 2019, Washington still seems interested in attempting to re-sign him. But everyone involved has prepared for the potential of Harper's departure for years, and all indications from those inside the front office are that the Nationals do not want to put 20 percent or more of their payroll into one player.

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Ideally, the Nats would trade Harper for a starting pitcher, replace him with some combination of Michael Taylor and Victor Robles in center and acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins.

They have until 4 p.m. That said, ownership does, you know, own the thing, and they have a different set of priorities sometimes. The Nationals are struggling just to stay in the playoff hunt at 52-53, 5 1/2 games back in both the NL East and the wild card.

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