Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper will not be traded before Tuesday's deadline, according to president and general manager Mike Rizzo.
Rizzo told The Washington Post in a text message that Harper "is not going anywhere." He also told ESPN's Buster Olney that Harper will not be dealt.
The Nationals (52-53) are 5½ games behind the first-place Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East, leading to widespread speculation that they would consider trading Harper before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver deadline.
Rizzo apparently ended the gossip Tuesday morning, telling the Post that "I believe in this team." We know Bryce leaving Washington is inevitable, we'll just have to wait a little bit longer.