Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

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

Report Nationals Ownership Rejected Bryce Harper Trade to AstrosMore Report Nationals Ownership Rejected Bryce Harper Trade to AstrosMore
Cassandra Castillo | 11 November, 2018, 06:25

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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.

Baseball fans everywhere were stripped of high-level trade deadline intrigue last season, as Ken Rosenthal details in a stunning report for The Athletic, when a trade that would have sent Bryce Harper to the Astros in exchange for a trio of prospects was nixed by Washington's ownership group.

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The team had agreed on the framework of deal that would have shipped Harper to the Astros for three minor league prospects, including righty J.B. Bukauskas and possibly catcher Garrett Stubbs to Washington.

While the Nationals finished 82-80, eight games behind the Braves in the NL East, the Astros still finished 103-59 for their second straight AL West title without Harper, advancing to the ALCS where they fell to the eventual World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox. That's assuming Harper turns down the Nats' qualifying offer on Monday and then goes on to sign with another team.

A few days ago, it was reported that Harper rejected a deal from the Nationals that was for 10 years, $300 million, two people with direct knowledge of the proposed deal told USA TODAY Sports. And the comp pick they'll receive is little more than a lottery ticket, far less than they'd have gotten back from Houston.

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