- Multiple reports say the Washington Nationals are open to trading Bryce Harper before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
- ESPN’s Buster Olney said he believes there is an “excellent chance” Harper will be traded, adding that that’s what he would guess if he “had to bet the family farm back in Vermont.”
- The Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Cleveland Indians were identified as teams expected to be in on the bidding.
Bryce Harper may have already played his last game in a Washington Nationals uniform.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, there is an “excellent chance” Harper will be traded on Tuesday before the trade deadline.
“I think there is an excellent chance that he is going to move today, because of the direction of the Nationals lately, because of how Bryce has played this year, and because of the return that they can get for him,” Olney said Tuesday during an appearance on ESPN Radio’s “Golic and Wingo.”
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com was the first to report that the Nationals were open to trading Harper. Olney confirmed on ESPN’s “Get Up” that the Nationals had been in contact with other teams already and were weighing offers.
The Nationals are 15-27 over their last 42 games and have fallen to one game under .500 and 5.5 games out of the playoffs. Harper, who is eligible for free agency after the season, has struggled at the plate – his OPS is down more than 150 points from last season, and he is hitting a career-low .220, though he has 25 home runs and leads the league in walks.
Olney identified the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Cleveland Indians as teams likely to be involved in the trade talks.
Olney later doubled down, saying: “If I had to bet the family farm back in Vermont, one way or the other, I think by the end of the day he’s on another team.”
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