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Nationals' Ownership Rejected Bryce Harper Trade To Astros

11 November 2018

Remember back to the trade deadline when the Nationals were reportedly considering the possibility of trading Bryce Harper, then how GM Mike Rizzo came out and said that wasn't really the case?

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.

The report did not say why Washington ownership vetoed the deal.

That scenario obviously didn't happen, but according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Astros had a preliminary deal in place to acquire Harper from Washington before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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Although they weren't able to land him in the summer, this commitment and desire to have him could work in Houston's favor as the free agent continues to think where he'll want to play in 2019.

With Harper, they would've improved their outfield and added a prolific hitter to the lineup to help compete against the Red Sox.

According to Rosenthal, the Astros would have sent right-hander J.B. Bukauskas, Houston's No. 8 overall prospect, catcher Garrett Stubbs (No. 15 prospect) and another minor leaguer to Washington for the 25-year-old Harper. The addition of Harper would have made an already good Astros team better, and who knows, maybe even made the ALCS a little closer.

Nationals' Ownership Rejected Bryce Harper Trade To Astros