Bryce Harper has been circulating around the MLB rumor mill lately due to alleged talks the Nationals have conducted with multiple teams about a possible trade. It looks like those talks are nothing more than teams checking in at the moment, however.
Per Ken Rosenthal, Harper
Skepticism within industry that #Nationals will trade Harper. Idea MIGHT make sense if Nats could get a SP in return, acquire Realmuto from #Marlins and play Soto in LF, Eaton in RF and Michael Taylor in CF. But per source, Realmuto talks with MIA not currently active.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2018
With the Miami Marlins keen on keeping star catcher JT Realmuto at the moment, a Harper deal is all the less likely. What makes this situation even more complicated is that there have been rumors that the New York Yankees are making Sonny Gray available, the Nationals getting what they want for Harper -- Realmuto plus a starter -- would presumably have to be a three-team deal.
Let's make it even more complicated! The Dodgers apparently want in on the action, too.
Despite the interest out there for Harper, the Nats need to decide what the appropriate price is, and they don't seem like they see anything workable out there. Should they ask for a starting pitcher and somehow get Realmuto or should they just get the best possible haul for Harper? At this point in the season, should they even trade Harper? It would be an admission that they see no chance of re-signing him in free agency this winter, which is an open question.
It looks like the main reason Harper could be staying with the Nationals a little while longer is that they don't know what to do with him.