The Washington Nationals find themselves 7.0 games out of first in the NL East, as their lackluster year continues to crawl on.
With contract-year All-Star Bryce Harper
As reported by MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals organization has placed 2B Daniel Murphy, and RF Bryce Harper on the revocable trade waivers as of Friday, with the team's intentions not clear.
#Nationals put a number of players on revocable trade waivers yesterday, including Harper and Murphy, sources tell The Athletic. Team’s intentions not clear; virtually every player goes on waivers as matter of procedure this time of year. Nats 7 games out in NL East, 5 1/2 in WC.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 18, 2018
While Rosenthal also pointed out that essentially every player goes on waivers around this time of the season, it is still something to note, especially with the controversy that has surrounded the Nats and Harper, regarding trade talk back in July.
Harper owed ~$5M, Murphy ~$4M. Both potential FAs. Nats might simply want to see if they clear, giving GM Rizzo option to make deal before 8/31 if team fades. Harper seems less likely to move. Rizzo at non-waiver deadline: “Bryce is not going anywhere. I believe in this team.”— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 18, 2018
Again, keep in mind this is normal procedure for this time of the year, as the ball-club might just be checking off the boxes that are required of them come late August.