Nationals float Bryce Harper, hoping for insane trade offer

Nationals float Bryce Harper, hoping for insane trade offer

Nationals float Bryce Harper, hoping for insane trade offer

But the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics also fit as teams that needed an outfielder and could pick up the rest of Harper's salary.

Would Washington be willing to move Harper with the hopes of re-signing him in the offseason?

Harper, the 2015 NL MVP, will be a free agent at the end of the season.

MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand reported Monday night that a source confirmed the Nationals have made Harper available with less than 24 hours remaining until the trade deadline. "I believe in this team". Early speculation suggested big-market teams such as the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers could have the most interest in the free-agent-to-be.

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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. The Nationals might not see a reason to tie up so much money in Harper when Robles, Soto, Eaton and Taylor are under team control for the foreseeable future.

If the Nationals do decide to become sellers at the deadline, their bounty of trade chips include Harper - plus relievers Kelvin Herrera and Ryan Madson, starter Gio Gonzalez, and infielder Daniel Murphy. That said, ownership does, you know, own the thing, and they have a different set of priorities sometimes.

The Nationals are third in the NL East with a 52-53 record, but they're just 5.5 games out of first place in a division without a standout club.

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