Don't ask Bryce Harper about his pending free agency after the 2018 season. Just trust us.
Or don't, and he'll apparently leave the podium.
Harper shot down questions about his plans after the season at Spring Training on Monday, hoping instead to focus on the task at hand--leading the Washington Nationals to a World Series title.
Yeah, that's a pretty blatant no.
Harper is smart to direct any and all questions to his agent Scott Boras, who is more than willing to speak up for his clients, as we've seen in the past.
Harper and Manny Machado will both be top commodities on the free agent market after the season, with the latter being mentioned in trade talks this offseason. Bryce is content to play out his contract, and consider any and all options after the season.
Bryce Harper: I will not be discussing anything not relative to 2018 at all. 'IF you have any questions about anyting after 2018, call Scott (Boras) and he can answer.''— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 19, 2018
Good on Harper for being up front with the media, rather than simply deflecting these questions.
But for now, it's just chatter. And Bryce would like it to stay that way.