The Nationals are reportedly listening to offers for Bryce Harper

  • The Nationals are reportedly listening to offers for Bryce Harper

The Nationals are reportedly listening to offers for Bryce Harper

David Price allowed one run and struck out five in eight full innings.

No, this is about the Nationals becoming - without Harper - a better team.

Ideally, the Nats would trade Harper for a starting pitcher, replace him with some combination of Michael Taylor and Victor Robles in center and acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins.

It's still a long shot Harper gets traded before Tuesday's trade deadline, but the Nationals are willing to sell and that was always the first hurdle. Kurkjian reported Washington is looking for a front-line starter as part of a larger package and has spoken to other clubs to assess the market for the 25-year-old. He has 25 home runs and 62 runs batted in with a.842 OPS buttressed by his NL-leading 84 walks. The Nationals are struggling just to stay in the playoff hunt at 52-53, 5 1/2 games back in both the NL East and the wild card.

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that one Major League Baseball team heard that the Nationals had a Bryce Harper trade "lined up", but the ownership pulled the plug. A year after hitting.319, Harper's average is down almost 100 points at.220 in 63 games this season. The Indians have a couple of elite prospects, and several "very good" prospects.