Bryce Harper might only have a couple of hours remaining in his career with the Washington Nationals. The MLB's trade deadline is approaching this afternoon and the All-Star outfielder is reportedly being made available.
It still is probably unlikely that Harper will be dealt, as the Nationals are only 5.5 games out of first place in the NL East, but it's possible that Washington will decide to trade him if Mike Rizzo can get a big haul back.
ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney had an update on Harper's status this morning. He has named four teams possible destinations for the outfielder.
The favorite to land Harper, per ESPN, is the Indians.
"They have been looking for an outfielder -- a right-handed hitting outfielder -- but presumably, they could live with the left-handed hitting Harper, who could bat cleanup behind Francisco Lindor, Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez, a group that would provide incredible run-producing opportunities for him. The Indians would also have to be OK with Harper's defense in center field, in a year in which his glove work has suffered.
Harper will make about $7 million over the last two months of this season, and presumably, any deal the Indians execute would have to include significant offset dollars from the Nationals, who would get better prospects in return if they eat salary," he writes.
ESPN named three other teams possible suitors for Harper in a trade:
Bryce Harper is struggling at the plate this season, but the All-Star outfielder remains one of the top power hitters in the game. Stay tuned.