While you’re keeping your eye on the clock today waiting for 5 PM EST to roll around so you can leave your current job, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper will have his eye on the clock waiting for 4 PM EST, waiting to see if he will ever be returning to his.
That’s because 4 PM EST is the MLB trade deadline, which is why for the next few hours, Harper will have to put up with rumors of the Nats shipping him off to a contender.
And the most recent story says that contender would most likely be the Cleveland Indians.
This according to MLB.com, who reports the Nationals and Indians have discussed a potential trade centering around Harper.
And while those talks have slowed of late, that may just be due to the fact the Nats tribe is considering whether they want to part with the multiple pitchers they would require to rent Harper for the stretch run.
And while they decide, Harper sits staring at the clock… in limbo.
How far have the Nationals fallen that this is even a rumor??? Doubtful they’ll make this deal as any deal for Harper, the Nats likely would ask for multiple pitchers to help rebuild a rotation that includes pending free agents Gio Gonzalez and Jeremy Hellickson. And it's difficult to imagine the Indians trading right-handers Triston McKenzie and Shane Bieber -- their 1 and No. 2 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline—for a rental player that is sure to sign elsewhere next season.
Harper, 25, is tied for second in the NL with 25 home runs, but his .842 OPS is below his career average of .895. Still, even Harper's less-than-usual production would be an improvement over Cleveland’s current RF platoon.