Nats Ownership Nixed Harper Trades to Astros, Dodgers

Annette Crawford
November 11, 2018

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.

According to Rosenthal, the Astros would have sent right-hander J.B. Bukauskas, Houston's No. 8 overall prospect, catcher Garrett Stubbs (No. 15 prospect) and another minor leaguer to Washington for the 25-year-old Harper.

The Houston Astros reportedly had a deal in place for the Nationals' Bryce Harper at the non-waiver deadline in July but Washington ownership nixed the deal, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

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. But in the American League Championship Series, the eventual World Series champion Boston Red Sox defeated the Astros in only five games.

The Nationals had a second opportunity to trade Harper last season, this time to the Dodgers, but they were unwilling to accept LA's offer of Yasiel Puig. That's assuming Harper turns down the Nats' qualifying offer on Monday and then goes on to sign with another team. Ownership's refusal to allow him to be traded indicates that they'd prefer to have him around in the future.

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