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Nationals OF Bryce Harper rejected a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

Harper is in line to break the record for the largest contract in baseball history this offseason, so the decision to turn down a qualifying offer was not a difficult one. The Nats reportedly made him a 10-year, $300 million offer on the last day of the regular season, so the bidding for the 26-year-old will start beyond that.
Nov 12 - 5:22 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Nationals and Astros agreed on a trade of Bryce Harper at the July trade deadline but it was vetoed by Nationals ownership.

The Nationals would have received three prospects in the deal, with starting pitcher J.B. Bukauskas being the headliner. Catcher Garrett Stubbs was also believed to have been in the package along with an undisclosed low-level pitching prospect. The Nationals were only 5 1/2 games out of first place at the time and ownership still wanted to go for it. The package seems quite a bit lighter than the Orioles received from the Dodgers in the Manny Machado trade two weeks earlier and that may have been a deciding factor from the Nationals' perspective on why the trade was ultimately not completed.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 10 - 3:41 PM

Juan Soto slugged a solo home run and scored three times for the MLB All-Stars as they fell to Samurai Japan on Saturday.

It was the second day in a row that the youngster hit an opposite-field home run in the series. The phenom outfielder turned 20 years old two weeks ago. He burst upon the scene as a teenager to hit .292/.406/.517 with 22 home runs and 70 RBI in 116 games for the Nationals this year. He will be a hot commodity in all fantasy league formats this spring and is deserving of an early first-round pick in start-up dynasty drafts.
Nov 10 - 11:55 AM

Nationals re-signed RHP Aaron Barrett to a minor league contract.

He posted a 1.74 ERA and 26/8 K/BB ratio over 20 2/3 innings at the Low-A level in 2018 after missing the previous two seasons due to elbow issues. Slated to turn 31 in January, Barrett might have a shot to get back to the majors in 2019 if he can stay healthy.
Nov 9 - 10:50 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals are "not as interested" in Bryce Harper "as those on the outside want them to be."

It's posturing season on big-team free agents, so we wouldn't read too much into this, but Rosenthal hears that the Cardinals are currently prioritizing infield and bullpen help over any possible outfield additions. Harper reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals toward the end of the 2018 regular season and is believed to be seeking more than $350 million on the open market this winter. The Phillies seem to be the frontrunner right now, though there could be many darkhorses in this race -- including St. Louis.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 8 - 10:03 AM

"A well-placed source" reiterated to ESPN's Buster Olney that the Yankees have no interest in signing Bryce Harper.

Harper ceased making much sense for the Yankees the day the team acquired Giancarlo Stanton. The Bombers could still make it work if they wanted to, but it's not going to be worth in the neighborhood of $350 million to try to pull it off.
Nov 7 - 3:44 PM

According to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, the Nationals offered Bryce Harper a long-term contract on the "last day of the 2018 season."

He obviously did not take it. Janes writes that the offer "included no opt-outs, and was less than the $400 million some have speculated Harper could receive." Now the sweepstakes are wide open, with the Cardinals, Phillies, and Giants being put forth by various reporters as possible landing spots. Harper's agent Scott Boras will surely circle back to the Nationals at some point.
Nov 6 - 6:25 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, Trevor Rosenthal's contract with the Nationals includes a $10 million mutual option for 2020.

The option carries a $1 million buyout and becomes a player option with 50 games or 40 games finished. Rosenthal will receive a $6 million salary in 2019, so he's guaranteed $7 million over the life of the deal. He could make an additional $8 million in 2019 with incentives. Rosenthal missed the entire 2018 season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but he could be an impact late-inning arm for Washington.
Nov 5 - 2:17 PM

Steve Phillips of MLB Network Radio reports that the Yankees "will not be in on (Bryce) Harper" this offseason.

It's not terribly surprising that the club apparently won't be in on the Harper sweepstakes, especially after they re-signed Brett Gardner. Phillips adds that Manny Machado and pitching will be the Yanks' "Plan A" this winter. For what it's worth, Andy Martino of SNY.tv reported previously that the Yankees were "lukewarm" on going after Machado.
Nov 4 - 1:16 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "intend to explore" the market for Bryce Harper "and see how they fit."

Whether they're ultimately in the thick of the Harper sweepstakes remains to be seen, but the Cards have money to spend and, as one source told Goold, are "sending signals they are out to be a player" this offseason. St. Louis could also potentially be a fit for Manny Machado or Josh Donaldson. Harper and Machado both have a chance to top Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million contract this winter.
Nov 4 - 9:46 AM

Nationals signed RHP Trevor Rosenthal to a one-year, $6 million contract.

The deal also includes an option for 2020, rumored to be at least $7 million with a $1 million buyout, making it $7 million guaranteed for the right-hander. The deal also includes incentives that could take the deal to $28 million over the two seasons, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Rosenthal didn't pitch in 2018 but isn't far removed from being one of the league's premier closers. It's a nice low-risk, high-reward move for the Nats.
Nov 3 - 5:56 PM

Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports that the Nationals feel they were able to "maximize" their window of negotiating opportunity with Bryce Harper.

Zuckerman says the Nats did not meet face-to-face with Harper during the window, but they "appear to be satisfied they’ve done everything they reasonably can to this point to make their pitch." Washington will make Harper a qualifying offer Friday, which the outfielder will obviously decline and then be allowed to negotiate with all teams.
Source: MASN Sports
Nov 2 - 1:21 PM

Nationals extended a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer to OF Bryce Harper.

Well, duh. The Nats want to re-sign Harper to a long-term deal, but by making the qualifying offer they'll get back a draft pick if they're unable to do so. The bidding for Harper this winter figures to start at $300 million and there's a good chance it escalates well beyond that.
Nov 2 - 9:25 AM

Jhonatan Solano has elected to become a free agent.

Solano was pushed off the Nationals' 40-man roster this week and cleared outright waivers. The 33-year-old catcher hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2015 and missed the entire 2018 season with an elbow injury.
Nov 1 - 1:54 PM

Trevor Rosenthal will be guaranteed $7 million under the terms of his deal with the Nationals, the New York Post's Joel Sherman reports.

Rosenthal will get $6 million in 2019 and a 2020 option that will be worth at least $7 million and include a $1 million buyout. It sounds like Rosenthal could earn as much as $28 million over the two years if he takes over the closer's role and remains healthy. However, the option is a mutual one, meaning Rosenthal could also opt for free agency again if he has a successful 2019.
Oct 31 - 2:26 PM


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