A Bryce Harper Trade Was "Lined Up" On Monday Night

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He also told ESPN's Buster Olney that Harper will not be dealt. Not only is he the unquestionable face of the franchise, he's one of the top 20 players in all of baseball. Word spread that the Washington Nationals were listening to offers for the six-time all-star, and slowly but surely, news trickled out that other teams might have legitimate interest.

Then, General Manager Mike Rizzo, who said he went sleepless Monday night, sent a text message to The Post.

This season, Harper is second in the NL with 25 home runs and leads the league with 84 walks.

Harper, 25, has become one of the biggest names in baseball since the Nationals picked him first overall in the 2010 draft. "I believe in this team".

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Olney also listed the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers as teams that might look to swing a deal for Harper.

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.

Harper is hitting.220 with 62 RBIs this season. Whatever they do by 4 p.m.

It always seemed unlikely that the Nationals' owners would sign off on a Bryce Harper trade. 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.

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