LET'S GET CRAZY: Nationals Telling Teams Bryce Harper Is Available (UPDATE)

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LET’S GET CRAZY: Nationals Telling Teams Bryce Harper Is Available (UPDATE)

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It’s the rumor I’ve wanted all week, and now it’s here: the Nationals are legitimately shopping super rental, Bryce Harper.

To be sure, as much as I love Harper, I don’t think he’s at all a fit for the Cubs right now. After the season, when the roster can be better coordinated, sure. Of course. Generational talent at age 26 for only money? Go after it. Right now, though? Another outfielder? For a STEEP price? Nah.

So my excitement here is not Cubs-tied. Instead it’s just really fun to see a huge name on the trade market at this late hour of the trade season. Where could he go? What would the return be? How could he totally re-shape a playoff race? This is going to be very fun to follow.

As for direct Cubs impacts here, I’m not sure I see them too much, even beyond the Cubs likely not being in on him. The Brewers also have a crowded outfield, and likely should direct their resources elsewhere. I don’t see the Pirates going for a pricey rental. So, at most, you’d be looking at Wild Card contenders, and hopefully the Cubs won’t be in that race. My head is spinning a bit.


UPDATE: A little more on his availability:

It should be noted that if the Nationals are even considering dealing Harper, it does tend to suggest they don’t feel great about their chances of re-signing him in free agency.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.