Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
1 month ago

Harper declined the Nationals' one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer and became a free agent Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nobody expected Harper to accept this offer, as the 26-year-old superstar is looking to sign what is likely to be the largest free-agent contract of the offseason. While he got off to a slow start in 2018, Harper still finished the season with an .889 OPS, 34 homers and 100 RBI while leading the majors with 130 walks.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
1 month ago

The Nationals extended the $17.9 million qualifying offer to Harper on Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Harper was issued the one-year qualifying offer prior to Friday's deadline. Look for Harper to quickly decline this offer while searching for a massive payday this winter.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
1 month ago

Harper is expected to receive the $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Nationals before Friday's deadline, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper is also expected to reject the offer as he pursues what is likely to be the largest free-agent contract of the offseason. The 26-year-old officially has 10 days to render a decision on the one-year contract offer. Harper's 2018 season got off to a slow start, but he still finished with a .889 OPS, 34 home runs, 100 RBI and led the majors with 130 walks.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
3 months ago

Harper went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Monday's win over the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

That gives the 25-year-old 100 RBI on the season -- the first time he's reached that mark in his career, in what seems like his last season as a Nat. Harper's .245 batting average on the year is disappointing, but he's already set a new career high with 126 walks, and he's one run shy of 100 for the season to go along with 34 homers and 12 steals.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
3 months ago

Harper went 1-for-1 with three walks, a two-run home run and a second run scored in a 6-5 win over the Cubs during the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

EDGE Analysis

As is Cubs manager Joe Maddon's tendency, Harper got worked around for most of the night, but the one time he got a hittable pitch he made no mistake, crushing his 32nd homer of the year to straightaway center field off lefty Justin Wilson in the seventh inning and providing what proved to be the winning runs. Harper's now got a .329/.448/.594 slash line through 46 games since the All-Star break, pushing his OPS on the year up to .899.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
3 months ago

Harper went 1-for-2 with a run, three RBI, three walks, a homer and a walkoff sacrifice fly in Monday's win over the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Harper was the hero in the ninth inning, hitting a game-tying two-run shot off Bud Norris to send the game to extra innings. He was the hero again in the tenth, sending the home fans happy with a one-out sacrifice fly off Chasen Shreve. The slugger has struggled to maintain a good batting average this season, but he still has the power to pull off some impressive displays such as the show he put on in the late innings Monday.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
3 months ago

Harper (illness) is starting in center field and batting third against the Brewers on Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper was held out of Wednesday's lineup due to a minor illness, though he was able to enter the game as a pinch hitter. As expected, he will be back in the starting nine for the beginning of a three-game set versus Milwaukee. During 27 games in August, he's slashed .337/.409/.582 with five home runs and 20 RBI.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
4 months ago

Harper, who is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies and was pulled in the bottom of the ninth inning of Tuesday's game, has been battling a cold recently, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

This doesn't sound like a serious illness, and he may have just been replaced in Tuesday's game with the Nationals protecting a 5-3 lead and Michael Taylor offering a defensive upgrade with the assumption the team wouldn't bat again. Unless there is another issue that has not been reported, it would be surprising if Harper wasn't back in the lineup at home against the Brewers on Friday. The Nationals have an off day Thursday.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
4 months ago

Harper is not in the lineup against Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Harper will take a seat after going 0-for-3 with a walk, three strikeouts and one run scored during Tuesday's victory. This appears to be a standard day off for the outfielder, though he did deal with a minor illness this past weekend. In his absence, Michael Taylor will start in center field. Expect Harper back in the lineup for Friday's series opener versus the Brewers.

Bryce Harper
CF/RF WSH
4 months ago

Harper (illness) entered Sunday's game as a pinch hitter for Michael Taylor in the eighth inning and stayed in to play center field, going 2-for-2 with a double, two runs scored and three RBI.

EDGE Analysis

It looks like Harper is over the bug that caused him to go 0-for-11 in his previous three games. Prior to the illness, he'd been slashing a stellar .385/.442/.679 through 20 games in August, so expect the slugger to get right back on track now that he's 100 percent again.