Astros Had Deal In Place To Acquire Bryce Harper; Nationals Said NO

Rosenthal Astros had trade in place for Bryce Harper in July but Nats’ ownership said

But on the final day that a non-waiver deal could be made, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo texted The Washington Post to say Harper "is not going anywhere".

The 2015 National League MVP now is a free agent and has stayed quiet on whether he will remain with the Washington Nationals or sign elsewhere. On Saturday afternoon, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal dropped a bomb and reported that the 26-year-old nearly was moved during this past season.

For Harper, the Nationals would have obtained right-hander J.B. Bukauskas, the Astros' No. 8 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, and two other minor leaguers, sources said.


The Houston Astros had a trade in place with the Washington Nationals to acquire Bryce Harper, but ownership of the Nationals refused to approve the move.

Imagine how things could have changed in the AL, where the Astros still won 103 games and jumped out to a 1-0 lead against the Red Sox in the ALDS before dropping four straight.

Considering Astros' right fielder Josh Reddick struggled to the tune of a.188 average during the ALCS, having Harper certainly could have enhanced the team's chances at winning another American League pennant. Harper was the first overall pick of the Nationals in 2010, and the team, according to the Washington Post, offered him a 10-year deal worth approximately $300 million late this past season - a clear sign it wants him to remain in Washington.

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