Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Nationals nixed Bryce Harper trade before deadline

Nationals nixed Bryce Harper trade before deadline

The Houston Astros had a trade in place with the Washington Nationals to acquire Bryce Harper, but ownership of the Nationals refused to approve the move. Bryce Harper has officially been a free agent since he World Series ended on October 27th, but things could've been so much different if the Washington Nationals had just pulled the trigger months ago on a trade.

The Athletic, citing major league sources, said Rizzo's declaration came after Houston and Washington had agreed to the framework of a deal for the right fielder, one that would have sent three minor league prospects to the Nationals, including right-hander J.B. Bukauskas.

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.

The Houston Astros' quest for a second consecutive World Series title almost included Bryce Harper. The pair is two of the Astros' top-15 prospects.

Imagine how things could have changed in the AL, where the Astros still won 103 games and jumped out to a 1-0 lead against the Red Sox in the ALDS before dropping four straight.

Though he's already reportedly turned down an offer of something around $300 million over 10 years, it's not inconceivable that Harper could return to Washington.

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