Bryce Harper has been hearing his name mentioned in trade talks as the MLB's trade deadline approaches on Tuesday afternoon, but at this point, the Washington Nationals appear to be unwilling to part with their All-Star outfielder, despite the fact that he's set to be a free agent this winter.
So far, though, two teams have been mentioned as possible destinations for Harper if the Nationals were to trade him, and Washington has reportedly discussed a potential deal with at least one of them.
MLB.com insider Jon Morosi is reporting that the Nationals and Indians have discussed a Bryce Harper trade, however, it seems pretty unlikely to happen.
The Indians and Nationals have communicated recently regarding a possible Bryce Harper trade, sources told MLB.com on Monday, but the discussions have yet to gather momentum.
Even as the Nationals began play Monday with a six-game deficit in both the National League East and the NL Wild Card race, the price tag on Harper remains high, the sources said.
In any deal for Harper, the Nationals likely would ask for multiple pitchers to help rebuild a rotation that includes pending free agents Gio Gonzalez and Jeremy Hellickson. And it's difficult to imagine the Indians trading right-handers Triston McKenzie and Shane Bieber -- their No. 1 and No. 2 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline -- for a rental player.
The Dodgers have also been mentioned as an option for Harper if the Nationals decide to trade him.
Harper has been struggling at the plate this season - average wise, at least - but he remains one of the best power hitters in the game. His OBP is still quite high, too.
The MLB's trade deadline is set for 4 p.m. E.T. on Tuesday.