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  • Nationals' Trea Turner Marries Hot Gymnast Star ... In D.C. Wedding

    TMZ "Nationals superstar Trea Turner's offseason is already off to a great start ... dude just tied the knot with his smokin' hot ex-gymnast star fiancee!!! The 25-year-old shortstop met Kristen Harabedian at NC State years ago ... when he was tearin' up the baseball diamond..." November 12

  • Nationals’ ownership blocked Harper trade to Astros

    Bleacher Report "The Washington Nationals' ownership group "refused to approve" a trade involving Bryce Harper the day before MLB's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday. According to Rosenthal, the Nationals had a preliminary..." November 10

  • Bryce Harper was never going to take the Nationals’ $300 million offer

    Beyond The Boxscore "Bryce Harper turned town a 10-year, $300 million contract from the Nationals in late September, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reported earlier this week. The offer would have been the second-largest contract of any type in Major League Baseball history, behind Giancarlo..." November 10

  • Some laugh at $400 million for Bryce Harper. Here’s how Scott Boras plans to get it.

    Washington Post "Scott Boras has a binder for Bryce Harper, as he does for most of his top-dollar clients. It’s divided into a handful of sections and populated with carefully curated PowerPoint slides, positioned just so. Every once in a while, as he flips through it, the agent realizes a page might..." November 09

  • Is $500M Bryce Harper's target for a deal?

    Fancred Sports "Bryce Harper’s agent Scott Boras isn’t naming a price for his superstar free agent client, but the $300 million or so reported to have been offered by the Nationals does not appear to be in the ballpark.   Boras actually suggested this morning that the Washington..." November 09

  • The Washington Nationals are not afraid of Tommy John surgery recipients

    NBC Sports Washington "Two things are constants on the Nationals roster: Scott Boras clients and Tommy John surgery recipients. Recently adding reliever Trevor Rosenthal checked both boxes, a rare two-fer for Mike Rizzo and his staff. Rosenthal joins Stephen Strasburg and Erick Fedde as the other..." November 09

  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • What to make of the White Sox's apparent push for Bryce Harper at the United Center

    NBC Sports Chicago "Here is what we know about Bryce Harper and the White Sox originally appeared on White Sox fans woke up to a lot of Bryce Harper excitement and fervor on Twitter. If you missed it and are trying to catch up, here is what we know. A Twitter user posted a..." November 08

  • Report: Nationals’ offer to Bryce Harper did not include no-trade clause

    Larry Brown Sports "There has been a lot of talk about Bryce Harper turning down a massive extension offer from the Washington Nationals on the last day of the 2018 season, but dollars and cents weren’t the only reason the star outfielder chose not to entertain it. According to Chelsea Janes of The..." November 08

  • Agent Scott Boras calls Giants and Bryce Harper ‘a perfect fit’

    San Francisco Gate "Agent Scott Boras called Farhan Zaidi a “great fit” for the Giants. “Farhan fits San Francisco,” Boras said Wednesday of the Giants’ new president of baseball operations. The question is, does Bryce Harper fit San..." November 08

  • Report: Dodgers tried to trade Yasiel Puig for Bryce Harper

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers are always in contention when it comes to signing the top free agents on the market, and that should be the case with Bryce Harper this winter. While it is widely assumed that they will not bring back Manny Machado, there could be reason to believe the Dodgers will be..." November 08

  • Cardinals reportedly not all that interested in Bryce Harper

    Larry Brown Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals nearly completed a trade for Giancarlo Stanton and the roughly $300 million he had remaining on his contract last year, leading many to believe they are a realistic landing spot for Bryce Harper this offseason. But a lot can change over the course of a season, and..." November 08

  • Bryce Harper to draw ‘historical’ offers, Scott Boras says

    Sporting News "Bryce Harper's agent Scott Boras declared the 26-year-old star "open for business" Wednesday and the two are ready to listen to "historical" offers.  "It's fashionable. It's historical. Its elite. Global, certainly," Boras said..." November 08

  • MLB Rumors: Bryce Harper to the Yankees 'not happening'

    CBS Sports "For years, it made almost too much sense.  Now, though, the Yankees have a full outfield and a need at first base. They also sound like they don't want to spend huge this offseason. They already have an outfielder on a $300 million-plus contract..." November 08

  • Bryce Harper will sign with the Phillies. You can bank on it.

    USA Today "It was the Bryce Harper show Wednesday, or as agent Scott Boras cleverly called it, “Harper’s Bazaar.’’ It has nothing to do with the fashion industry, and everything to do with a man who’s about to become the richest player in baseball history, unless..." November 08

  • Report: Rival agents expect Bryce Harper to get over $350 million

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the biggest questions of the coming offseason is just how much Bryce Harper will prove to be worth. The 26-year-old will be one of the most sought-after free agents ever, and has a good chance of signing the richest deal ever. How rich will it be? While it’s too soon to..." November 08

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • Bryce Harper and Manny Machado? Phillies fans shouldn’t hold their breath. "It isn't by chance that the Phillies are flush with cash at a time when their readiness to contend coincides with the free agencies of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. "One of the things about going through the rebuild is that we were very careful with our out-year..." November 07

  • Bryce Harper turned down 10-year, $300M offer from Nats

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Bryce Harper rejected the Washington Nationals' offer of approximately $300 million over 10 years late last season, according to multiple..." November 07

  • Report: Cardinals Emerge as Candidate in Bryce Harper Sweepstakes

    12 Up "?It seems like every day a ?new MLB team emerges as a candidate to land the hottest free agent on the market, Bryce Harper.  According to a report from MLB insider Bob Nightengale, the ?St. Louis Cardinals have added themselves to the group of teams looking to..." November 07

  • Harper rebuffed 'aggressive offer' from Nationals

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals offered Bryce Harper a long-term deal on the last day of the 2018 season. He did not take it. According to multiple people familiar with the negotiations, the Nationals discussed terms for a new deal with Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, throughout..." November 06

  • Bryce Harper and Manny Machado have no shortage of options early this offseason

    MLB Daily Dish "MLB free agency is always exciting due to the intrigue surrounding each player’s choice and the chance for division races to be completely upended with a signing or two. Combine that with the backdrop of qualifying offers (or lack thereof) and the drama that comes with some of these..." November 06

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Report: Yankees Considering Chasing Bryce Harper as a First Baseman

    12 Up "Bryce Harper undoubtedly one of the biggest names in all of baseball. Naturally, the ?world has been on fire so far this offseason speculating where he might be going in free agency. Many early predictions pointed to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs, or even his..." November 06

  • Why Manny Machado will be a better free-agent signing than Bryce Harper

    CBS Sports "If you haven't noticed by now, the biggest stories of baseball's offseason are the free agencies of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Each is an All-Star-caliber talent capable of serving as a franchise cornerstone. Yet for the most part Harper seems to dominate the..." November 05

  • New York MLB Insider Speculates That Yankees May Move Giancarlo Stanton to Get Bryce Harper

    12 Up "The New York Yankees are going to make myriad moves this offseason, many of which we can't possibly see coming (while others are likely entirely predictable). Prepare for the Bronx Bombers to ?spend money, as they successfully got under the luxury tax threshold for the..." November 05

  • Rosenthal’s signing gives Nationals elite 1-2 punch in bullpen

    NBC Sports Washington "The light of these things comes from being at home when ordinarily not. Trevor Rosenthal was around for the mid-summer birth of his third child, catching all the firsts that can elude a new father when the baseball season is underway. He spent more time with his wife, Lindsey, and coached..." November 05

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • Report: White Sox interested in both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper

    Sportsnaut "Having lost 195 combined games over the past two seasons and with a budding farm system, the Chicago White Sox wouldn’t seem like logical destination for MLB’s top free agents this winter. The idea for GM Rick Hahn and Co. heading into this week’s general..." November 05

  • Bryce Harper is a star the Dodgers need to reach

    Los Angeles Times "Andrew Friedman is a magician. Not because he built teams that reached the World Series in consecutive seasons. There are other executives who could produce similar results if given similar budgets and equally downtrodden competition. The real miracle is the degree to which Friedman..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Cardinals to explore Harper market, expect to be a player in free agency

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Seated at the head of the table, near the front of the room, and fielding questions about how he intends to get the Cardinals back in the postseason, John Mozeliak listed the team’s traditional selling points to free agents: the 3.4 million tickets sold, the “winning vibe,”..." November 04

  • Will Bryce follow in Bonds' footsteps by joining SF? "In December 1992, the Giants made one of the most successful free-agent signings in baseball history by bringing Barry Bonds to the Bay Area. Twenty-six years later, could San Francisco do it again? ESPN's Buster Olney suggests (subscription required) that the Giants would be..." November 04

  • Yankees out of Bryce Harper sweepstakes

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryce Harper in pinstripes does not look like it will be happening anywhere other than Photoshop. Steve Phillips of TSN reported on Saturday that the New York Yankees “will not be in” on the free agent megastar this winter. Phillips also notes that the Yankees just..." November 03

  • Giants making Harper their top target? "While the Giants may need to fill their vacant general manager position before they think about signing any free agents,'s Richard Justice believes that the club has had Bryce Harper "circled as [its] No. 1 guy" for more than a year. With an aging core and a..." November 02

  • Bryce Harper's recent attire sparks Cubs rumors

    The Sports Daily "Bryce Harper is set to test the free-agent market, after having previously spent all seven of his years in the league with the Nationals. A number of teams have been rumored to have interest in signing Harper — Phillies, Giants, Cubs, Yankees and Nationals among them..." November 02

  • Nationals will make Bryce Harper a qualifying offer before today’s deadline

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals will make Bryce Harper the official MLB qualifying offer before Friday’s 5 p.m. eastern deadline, according to a person familiar with the situation. Harper now has 10 days to accept or reject that offer. The decision will not take nearly that long...." November 02

  • Bryce Harper Lands on Cover of MLB The Show '19

    12 Up "This isn't the Bryce Harper news you've been waiting for. It's going to be a long Winter. The MLB's Twitter page revealed that the 26-year-old Harper will appear on the cover for the upcoming video game MLB The Show 19. November 02

  • Jhonatan Solano elects free agency after clearing outright waivers

    Masn "Catcher Jhonatan Solano, who has spent the better part of the last decade in the Nationalsorganization, has elected to become a free agent after he cleared outright waivers in a transaction that opened up a spot on the club’s 40-man roster. Solano was supposed to open..." November 01

  • Nationals Reportedly “Finalizing” Contract With Trevor Rosenthal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are “finalizing” a contract with free agent right-hander Trevor Rosenthal, according to Bob Nighengale of USA Today (Twitter link). Terms of the prospective agreement are not yet known. Rosenthal, a client of the Boras Corporation, recently put on a..." October 31

  • Dominant when healthy, Doolittle is surest thing in Nats bullpen

    Masn "PLAYER REVIEW: SEAN DOOLITTLE Age on opening day 2019: 32 How acquired: Traded with Ryan Madson from Athletics for Blake Treinen, Jesus Luzardo and Sheldon Neuse, July 2017 MLB service time: 6 years, 122 days 2018 salary: $4.38 million Contract..." October 29

  • Sean Doolittle will remain a National in 2019

    Fantasy Pros "The Washington Nationals picked up Sean Doolittle's option for 2019. He will earn $6 million with the deal. (Chelsea Janes on Twitter) Fantasy Impact: There wasn't a ton of doubt around whether the Nats would pick up Doolittle's option but it's nice to see it..." October 29

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees won't pursue Bryce Harper

    Sporting News "The Yankees won't pursue pending free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper this offseason, SNY reported Monday, citing unidentified MLB sources. The report offers a caveat:  As with (pending free-agent shortstop) Manny Machado, who the Yankees will monitor..." October 29

  • A new team has emerged as the odds-on favorite to sign Bryce Harper this winter

    NBC Sports Chicago "We all woke up this morning in a brand new world. One where Bryce Harper is a free agent. The 2018 Major League Baseball season is officially over. Commence the offseason. That means it's time for Harper Watch to really get going. After Harper's..." October 29

  • Manny Machado or Bryce Harper would be nice, but Phillies need to develop their own talent "The most important acquisition of the Phillies offseason may have already happened. The past few months have been a showcase for aspiring financial planners who know exactly where John Middleton should park his money. Invariably, this investment advice focuses on one of the most top-heavy crops..." October 29

  • Boras Claims Harper Has a 'Done Deal' Already in Place With Mystery Team

    CBS Sports "High-profile agent Scott Boras surely wouldn't do anything to steal headlines from the World Series on behalf of a client, would he? Of course he would. We know the history (A-Rod!). This is perhaps one of his most intriguing moves of all-time, though. Ten days after the World Series..." October 29