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.
"Bryce is not going anywhere." https://t.co/1BS1U3o4Bd
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 31, 2018
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.
The Indians and Nationals Have Discussed Bryce Harper Trade https://t.co/vxBRZbKstZ
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) July 31, 2018
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.
Fun Bryce Harper Fact No. 1:
Harper hits .297 against teams with losing records, and only .250 against teams at .500 or better.
— FanSided (@FanSided) July 31, 2018