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A New Team Might Be Emerging For Bryce Harper

bryce harper celebrates during a game against the dodgers

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Before the 2018 MLB season even came to an end, baseball fans everywhere were anxious to see if Bryce Harper would leave the Washington Nationals. With free agency almost here, speculation on where he might land is rapidly increasing.

Earlier in offseason, reports were circulating that Harper was destined to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies. Other rumors had the Nationals as the favorites to retain the face of the franchise.

Now, the latest news is that another NL East team is ready to make a run for the former MVP.

The Atlanta Braves could be players in the sweepstakes for Harper, per David O'Brien. "I keep hearing things that make me believe they will be," the reporter tweeted.

Harper was solid once again for the Nationals in 2018, finishing with 34 homers and 100 RBI. Although his batting average went down, the overall power of the lefty slugger makes him worth almost any investment.

Out of all the players on the market this winter, it'll be hard to find another option better than Harper. His resume and age indicates that he'll continue to destroy opposing pitching staffs for years to come.

If the Braves can sign Harper, while taking him away from their rival in the process, it might just make them the favorites in the National League.