Nationals Don't Expect To Re-Sign Bryce Harper

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 8, 2018

"I think they've made a decision to move on". "We went right to the finish line very quickly, and we said, 'If this is of interest to you, please come back to us and we'll see whether we can finish it up.' But we just couldn't afford to put more than that in and still be able to put a team together that had a chance to win the NL East or go farther than that".

Even if Harper was willing to accept the previous Nationals offer, Lerner said he wasn't sure the team could now make it work. "That's just not Mr. Boras' MO to leave money on the table".

Today Patrick Corbin was officially introduced as the newest member of the Washington Nationals. "I get the feeling the Sox are very anxious to get some fan attention - help get people in the seats". Neither is Lerner concerned about the state of the Nationals' outfield unit without Harper, saying it's a "young, pretty incredible outfield defensively, and certainly with the bat it's going to be special".

"I do think they want to make a splash", said an American League Central source who viewed the cash savings from non-tendering outfielder Avisail Garcia as a sign of the Sox' intentions.

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In his MASN interview, Lerner added the lack of any subsequent talks with Harper over the last two months. "They're like family. I mean, they've been with us. first time we met him, he was 16 years old".

The Nationals announced their six-year contract with Corbin, a heavily back-loaded deal worth $140 million, and the All-Star lefty starter donned a No. 46 jersey as rotation-mates Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked on from the front row Friday. And he'll still be iconic in the city, when he comes in playing for another team. "You can't be mad at him, and I don't think he'd be mad at us if we can't go any further".

"We've always said that starting pitching is the driver", Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said in an online statement. "My dad and I have both sat with him", Lerner said. "He's an awesome young man, and it was an honor to have him here". "We thought it was good business - we had to fix the things we needed to fix".

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