Forget about waiting until the winter, it's officially time for Bryce Harper to leave Washington.
Over the last seven years, Harper has established himself as one of the best sluggers in the MLB. His relentless motor and fiery personality helped transform the Nationals into a perennial contender. Unfortunately, the team is completely sliding in the NL East and might have to face the reality that Harper could leave in the offseason.
In a blockbuster move that would absolutely stun the baseball universe, the Nationals should heavily consider trading the former NL MVP before the deadline.
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With 21 homers already on the season, shipping out Harper seems extremely foolish. However, the five-time All-Star has still struggled on offense, striking out 89 times in 84 games. Just to put those numbers into context, last season Harper only had 99 strikeouts in 117 games.
Another reason Washington could survive the post-Harper era would be the emergence of Juan Soto. Through his first 40 games, Soto has immediately become an impact bat in the heart of their lineup. His constant moonshots and impressive .306 batting average have Nationals fans buzzing.
Despite being only 19 years old, Soto is already considered one of the best talents in the entire league.
If the rumors surrounding Harper leaving D.C. are true, then why not move him for a plethora of assets? The Nationals are in danger of missing the postseason, which certainly won't fly with the charismatic outfielder.
Maybe acquiring assets for Harper doesn't seem like a terrible alternative at all, especially if he's just going to leave in the offseason anyway.