Bryce Harper Trade Rumors: What Will Nationals Do With Star Outfielder?

Dave Martinez

Dave Martinez

He also told ESPN's Buster Olney that Harper will not be dealt. is reporting the Nationals have made it known to other teams that Harper is indeed available.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox reports the Nationals have been "sending out feelers" on Harper to gauge possible interest from other teams.

There's also this from the Washington Post's Jorge Castillo, who said ownership is making the call on this one.

With the postseason unlikely, it appears the Nationals have chose to trade Harper, who becomes a free agent after the season.

However, Nats GM Mike Rizzo held a press conference on Tuesday morning saying the team is not trading Harper.

Harper is hitting.220 with 62 RBIs this season. All baseball decisions have to run through ownership, but this one is a full organization decision. Washington could conceivably pull off the same feat the Yankees managed two summers ago when they traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, then signed him again in free agency four months later. If the Phillies offer the best package of players for Harper, that's where he'll go. "They're seeing if someone wants to go insane". He is an already talked-about presence in a much talked-about clubhouse with a vastly underachieving team, a combination that could prove volatile. In fact, Rizzo says they are trying to win the NL East. The Nationals, meanwhile, are lingering in playoff contention - they're 5 1/2 games back in the wild-card race.

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