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Washington Nationals Make Trade Deadline Announcement About Bryce Harper

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 isn't going anywhere. The Washington Nationals' All-Star outfielder had been rumored to be available in a trade ahead of the deadline, but a deal involving the soon-to-be free agent is not happening.

Several MLB insiders were skeptical of a trade involving Bryce Harper and their thoughts have been confirmed by the Nationals today.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo released a statement about Harper to the Washington Post this morning.

Harper is not being traded.

"Bryce is not going anywhere. I believe in this team," Rizzo said.

There was some talk that Bryce Harper was actually going to be traded. ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney had said this morning that he expected Harper to be traded. However, he's now saying that he's heard the same as Chelsea Janes: Harper is not being traded. "Heard the same as @chelsea_janes heard first: Nationals GM Mike Rizzo says Bryce Harper will not be traded today," he tweeted.

Harper is struggling at the plate this season, but he's still one of the top power hitters in the game.

The Nationals have not lived up to expectations, but they're just 5.5 games out of first place in the NL East. They appear to be intent on competing for a playoff spot - with Bryce Harper.