This is not about the Nationals cashing in on their season.
But according toChelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo has crushed those dreams of acquiring Bryce Harper.
It's entirely possible the offers Washington received for Harper were underwhelming and rightful so when considering the season Harper is having and how he'd only be guaranteed to play two months of baseball before becoming a free agent.
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With the team set to begin a home series against the Mets Tuesday night, the Nationals are six games out of first place in the NL East and six games out of the second wild-card spot.
The Nationals would nearly certainly have wanted any suitor's offer to include relieving them of the remainder of Harper's $21.63 million salary for 2018.
The Indians have been in contact with the Nationals about Harper, but they are reluctant to include 23-year-old right-hander Shane Bieber, MLB.com reported.
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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.
And therein lies another awkward part of all this, that while the Nationals did not want anyone to know they would be listening on Harper, they can not deny it now. If the Phillies offer the best package of players for Harper, that's where he'll go.
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