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Bryce Harper Trade Rumors: Latest On What The Nationals Are Doing

Bryce Harper in the dugout during a Nationals game.

MIAMI, FL - JULY 26: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals in the dugout before the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 26, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Bryce Harper remains a member of the Washington Nationals. Will that still be the case in a couple of days? Trade rumors are swirling for the All-Star outfielder as we approach this week's MLB Trade Deadline.

The Nationals entered their series against Miami this weekend needing to prove to management that they were a team that was deserving of being buyers at the trade deadline instead of being sellers. One of those players that could be sold is Harper, the All-Star outfielder who is set to be a free agent this winter.

So far, the Nats have won 2 of 3 games from the Marlins. The series' finale is today and if Washington can win that, the team will have taken 3 of 4 and be in decent position heading into the trade deadline.

Harper has been mentioned as a possible trade piece due to his expiring contract. If the Nationals feel they aren't going to re-sign him and don't believe they're making the playoffs, trading him could make sense.

The Dodgers, among other teams, are believed to be interested.

Michael Duarte first reported the news of Los Angeles checking in on the availability of a Bryce Harper trade.

"Multiple sources have told me that the Dodgers have checked in on availability of Bryce Harper. Nats are still undecided on if they want to sell, but if they do, LA is a likely destination," he reports.

So today is a big game for Bryce Harper and the Nationals. A win would likely put away any thoughts of the team selling at the trade deadline. They would have won 3 out of 4 games in Miami and at worst be 6 games back of the NL East leaders. A loss, though, could prompt management to want to sell.

And if the Nats do sell, Bryce Harper is the name to watch. Stay tuned.