Nationals GM says Bryce Harper will not be traded

Dave Martinez

Dave Martinez

The Dodgers, Indians, and Yankees are also rumored to be at least somewhat interested in Harper. Not only is he the unquestionable face of the franchise, he's one of the top 20 players in all of baseball.

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

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

The Nationals are one game under.500 leading into Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline. "I believe in this team", Washington's GM Mike Rizzo told the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes on Tuesday. With Harper and other free agents coming off the books next year, this team's payroll could plummet to $140 million or beyond. The rest of the Nationals roster hasn't fared much better. Not only that, there are ways the Nationals could trade Harper, turn around and make another trade and still be in contention.

Put simply, players of Harper's caliber simply don't change teams at the deadline very often. That said, ownership does, you know, own the thing, and they have a different set of priorities sometimes. Whatever they do by 4 p.m.

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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