Washington Nationals made outfielder Harper available in trade talks
He also has 25 home runs and 62 RBIs. His career highs are 42 and 99, respectively, set in 2015.
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand first reported the Nationals were letting other teams know Harper is available. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal confirmed the Nats are sending out "feelers" on Harper, but suggested that any deal appears to be a long shot.
"I'd be shocked if they do it," a rival executive told Rosenthal. "They're seeing if someone wants to go crazy."
Fan Rag Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier Monday that rival teams believed there was "almost no chance" Washington would market or trade Harper before the deadline. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan also reported Monday that Harper has been asking friends and confidants if they think the Nationals might trade him.
Harper, 25, is set to hit free agency after the season and could command the largest contract in major league history. Washington is expected to try to sign Harper long-term, but he is expected to have many suitors.
The 2015 National League MVP has struggled to a .220 batting average this season, but his major-league-high 84 walks have contributed to a .369 on-base percentage. He also has 25 home runs and 62 RBIs. His career highs are 42 and 99, respectively, set in 2015.
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