Bryce Harper isn't going anywhere. The Washington Nationals' All-Star outfielder was rumored to be available via a trade ahead of this afternoon's deadline, but no move is being made. The soon-to-be free agent will be playing out the rest of his contract in D.C.
Reports of a Harper trade initially surfaced on Monday night, when it was reported by multiple outlets that the Nationals were telling teams that their All-Star outfielder could be had in a trade if the price was right.
However, that doesn't appear to have been true.
Harper, speaking to reporters this afternoon, said he was told by Mike Rizzo on Monday that he was not being traded.
The Nationals' star outfielder then commented on his future moving forward in D.C., saying he's glad to still be a part of the clubhouse.
"I’m glad to still be in this clubhouse," Harper told reporters.
MASN reporter Dan Kolko had more:
"Bryce Harper said Mike Rizzo told him yesterday that he wasn’t going to be traded. Acknowledged it’s interesting to hear your name in the rumor mill, but said he’s very happy to be staying with the Nats. Raved again about his relationship with Rizzo," he tweeted.
Rizzo had commented earlier this afternoon, saying Harper would not be traded and that he believed in his club.
"Bryce is not going anywhere," Rizzo said. "I believe in this team."
The Nationals have struggled this season, but they're only 5.5 games out of first place in the NL East. A big final two months from Harper and a nice run of starts from the Nationals' staff could have this team right back in the playoff race .
The MLB trade deadline is almost here. It's set for 4 p.m. E.T. At this point, no more big moves appear to be on the way.