Bryce Harper is the biggest name on the MLB's trade market right now. Well, actually, the Washington Nationals All-Star outfielder isn't officially on the trade market. But talk of the Nationals trading their phenom outfielder are heating up.
The Nats are in a tough position. They've been a .500 team for 100-plus games, but they're only 6 games out of first place in the NL East. Washington hasn't looked like a playoff team, but it's not out of the realm of possibility for the Nats to make a run.
So, does Washington buy or sell ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline? No one seems to know the answer to that right now.
However, that's not stopping people from suggesting that the Nationals could trade Harper, who's set to be a free agent this winter.
The Washington Post's statistical guru says the best time to move on from Harper might be right now.
With results like that you can expect the shift to be used more against Harper, not less, making 1.7 fWAR over the next few months an optimistic scenario. That also suggests the Nationals won’t get the boost they may be anticipating by keeping Harper on the roster. It also puts a playoff chance in serious doubt.
Heading into Monday night’s games, Washington has a 43 percent chance at making the playoffs — not nearly high enough to justify keeping Harper on the roster past Tuesday’s deadline. It surely would take a lot for Washington to move Harper, and the team would likely only do so if it was certain it would not be able to re-sign him this summer. But if the Nationals get a good enough offer, the smart move is probably to get a solid return on a slugger that more likely than not won’t be able to lift his team into this year’s postseason.
The Dodgers are a team that is reported to have interest in Harper if he is made available.
The MLB trade deadline is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. E.T. Stay tuned.