Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo likely calmed the nerves of anxious fans Tuesday morning with this brief statement about the immediate future of star outfielder Bryce Harper:
“Bryce is not going anywhere,” Rizzo told the Washington Post Tuesday, hours before the MLB non-waivers trade deadline. “I believe in this team.”
Late Monday, word spread that the Nationals were getting offers for the 25-year-old Harper, who will be a free agent after the season. Rumors had him going everywhere from Philadelphia to Houston to Cleveland — and more.
A career .277 hitter, Harper has struggled this season, batting just .220. He has 25 home runs and 62 RBIs.
The Nationals entered Tuesday 5 1/2 games behind the Phillies in the National League East.
— Field Level Media