Bryce Harper RUMORS & NEWS

  • Bryce Harper says he’ll participate in Home Run Derby if he makes 2018 All-Star Game

    Washington Post "Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper said Friday he would participate in the Home Run Derby at his home ballpark as long as he makes the National League all-star team. “So count me in for the Derby if and only if I make the team,” Harper said in a text message to..." June 22

  • Mike Rizzo on Bryce Harper’s struggles: ‘I think he’s handled them with class and dignity’

    Washington Post "If Bryce Harper did not have such a long and varied resume of major league successes, what has happened over the last few weeks would not be worth the energy so many who write and talk about this game devote to it. But Harper is not a man with a history of slides like the one pulling..." June 20

  • Bryce Harper shaved his face before playing the Yankees and the conspiracy theorists went nuts

    CBS Sports "Bryce Harper's beard is no more.  The Washington Nationals outfielder showed up to the ballpark with a freshly shaved face on Monday. Normally, a player's facial hair (or lack thereof) wouldn't necessarily be newsworthy, but Harper's beard has..." June 19

  • Bryce Harper's struggles are largely tied to shifts, but don't expect them to last

    CBS Sports "In Toronto, Marco Estrada and three Blue Jays relievers combined for a three-hit shutout of the Nationals. In that sense, no one in a Washington uniform was really hitting on this day. For Bryce Harper, though, it's a continuation of his recent struggles.  Harper hit for..." June 17

  • How Yankees might pull off a long shot and sign Bryce Harper

    New York Post "First they minimized him by acquiring Giancarlo Stanton in a Hot Stove sneak-attack trade. Then they mauled him with a one-two combo of painful baseballs to the body. Either the Yankees don’t want Bryce Harper around next year, or they’re borrowing from the playbook of a..." June 13

  • Mike Rizzo defends Bryce Harper after anonymous executive calls him ‘a selfish, losing player’

    Washington Post "As his Washington Nationals took batting practice before their series opener against the New York Yankees on Tuesday evening, a seething Mike Rizzo came to Bryce Harper’s defense a day after an anonymous National League executive told a website that the outfielder was..." June 13

  • Report: ‘Top’ National League exec calls Bryce Harper a ‘losing player’

    Sportress of Blogitude "A “top National League executive” had the hottest of hot takes in a recent text message exchange with FRS Network’s Robert Murray in which the anonymous individual referred to Bryce Harper as a “losing player” and “simply..." June 12

  • Why Yankees have a better shot at adding Trout than Harper

    Newark Star-Ledger "There probably will be a lot of good-natured back and forth between Yankees fans on social media this week with the Washington Nationals playing interleague games at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The biggest sidebar to this potential World Series preview..." June 12

  • MLB Rumors: Why Nationals won't trade Bryce Harper to Yankees (or anyone else)

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's no secret that the biggest name in MLB free agency after the 2018 season will be Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. The 2015 National League MVP could get a contract approaching (or exceeding) $400 million. Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny..." June 11

  • MLB rumors: Nationals' Bryce Harper to Yankees? Don't count those chickens yet

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees are in Baltimore this weekend for a rain-shortened serieswith the Orioles. After that, New York visits the Blue Jays and then returns to the Big Apple for the Subway Series against the Mets at Citi Field. The next time the Yankees are in..." June 01

  • Bryce Harper shouldn’t be measured against his MVP season. But how exactly should he be judged?

    Washington Post "Memorial Day has come and gone, and Bryce Harper is hitting .232. The stat heads will say average doesn’t matter, that peripheral statistics like launch angle and such are better projections for potential future employers. His agent, Scott Boras, can work around that number in..." May 29

  • New front-runners emerging in Harper sweepstakes?

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper’s foray into free agency will not come for some time but that has not stopped frantic speculation concerning what comes next in the Washington Nationals superstar slugger’s career. Amid the endless conjecture comes a new theory as to which teams currently are the..." May 22

  • Vision-impaired Harper couldn't get his contacts in, singled anyway "The Nationals had not played a full game in nearly a week, but when they returned to the field in Saturday afternoon's 4-1 loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Dodgers, Bryce Harper had a new addition to his face. Harper donned a pair of clear frames at the plate..." May 20

  • Harper dismisses NY talk: 'I'm a National now' "For as long as Bryce Harper's pending free agency has been discussed, at least since sometime shortly after he won the Most Valuable Player Award in 2015, people have been sizing him up for pinstripes, speculating on the possibility that he would eventually sign with the..." May 16

  • Why Yankees should absolutely still offer Bryce Harper record deal

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's easy to get complacent, Yankees fans. The current team is loaded, ready to win now and set up for a bright future. When Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hits free agency after the season, the Yankees could choose to ignore..." May 16

  • Bryce Harper's having one of the unluckiest years of his career so far

    NBC Sports Washington "During the Nationals' 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday night, two of the five hardest hit balls (including the hardest hit ball of the night) belonged to Bryce Harper. The results? A 112 mph single of Robby Ray in the 1st inning and a 108 mph groundout in the 4th. His only other..." May 02

  • Harper bumped to leadoff spot for 1st time since 2013 "Bryce Harper will hit leadoff in the second of a four-game set against the Pirates at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. It will be the first time Harper will be in the leadoff spot since Sept. 2, 2013, against the Phillies. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in the Nats' 3-2 loss. In 16 games leading..." May 01

  • Race to be MLB’s first $400 million man is as close as ever

    New York Post "Woven into this season is a competition for next offseason, namely: Who wins the financial game between Bryce Harper and Manny Machado? So far it is close with both sporting eight homers and gaudy on-base numbers through Tuesday. Both will be rewarded financially, short of substantial injury..." April 25

  • MLB Rumors: Dodgers Could Offer Harper a Massive Short-Term Deal

    12 Up "​This would be insane. The Los Angeles Dodgers came within one win of a World Series last year, falling just short to the Houston Astros in Game 7. However, they have all the talent in the world to get back to the top, and ​could add even more in the future. Bryce Harper is getting ready..." April 23

  • Bryce Harper Appears on a $400M Mission to Dominate FA Year

    Bleacher Report "The name Bryce Harper and the words "contract year" always had an intriguingly ominous ring. A week and change into the 2018 MLB season, they've had an ominous outcome as well. Not for the Washington Nationals, nor for Harper's bank account. But certainly for opposing pitchers. As he..." April 10

  • It's never too early to make out a Cubs lineup card with Bryce Harper's name in it

    Chicago Tribune "For those of you scoring at home, Bryce Harper has six home runs in 28 at-bats. The Cubs, meanwhile, have eight in 337. And like that, you now have yet another way to understand what will happen to the Cubs lineup next season when they sign Harper to the biggest free-agent deal ever. I..." April 09

  • Bryce Harper has high praise for new manager Dave Martinez

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryce Harper appears to be a fan of his new manager. On Saturday, after Anthony Rendon was controversially ejected from the Washington Nationals’ game against the New York Mets, Nationals manager Dave Martinez got himself ejected in an impassioned defense of Rendon. The Nationals ended up..." April 08

  • Early breakdown of Bryce Harper market

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are a new name linked to the much-anticipated Bryce Harper derby, and they make a lot of sense, according to a friend of Harper. Steve Phillips of Sirius XM Radio first connected the Braves to Harper, who is off to a massive start in his walk year. The Braves make a lot of..." April 05

  • Real or not? Bryce Harper is off to a $400 million start

    ESPN "We’ve been here before. Just last April, Bryce Harper hit .391 with nine home runs, 26 RBIs, more walks than strikeouts and a Bondsian 1.281 OPS. He hit nine home runs the next two months combined, then had a big July and was in the MVP running until he went down with a knee injury in..." April 04

  • Harper's new disciplined-aggressive approach paying early dividends

    The Score "In the top of the sixth inning Sunday at Great American Ball Park, before a scant 10,335 paying customers, Bryce Harper smacked his first home run of the season, clobbering a 92-mph fastball from Cincinnati Reds starter Sal Romano into the right-field bleachers. For the next 30 hours, give or..." April 04

  • Bryce Harper is better at hitting HRs than seven MLB teams

    NBC Sports Washington "A snapshot of Bryce Harper's first four games of the 2018 MLB season shows a guy who looks like he is in the last year of his contract, playing for a monster deal. And that makes sense, because Bryce Harper is in the final season of his two-year, $35,000,000 contract with the Nationals and is..." April 04

  • Nationals Considering Bryce Harper in the Leadoff Spot

    The Sports Post "Bryce Harper is coming off another monster season for the Washington Nationals. And while it would be normal to see his name second or third in the lineup, manager Dave Martinez has another idea. In fact, there’s a chance Harper bats leadoff this season. “Maybe. We’ll talk about it, play with..." March 23

  • Phillies among front-runners to sign Bryce Harper

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper could very well be the most sought after free agent in Major League Baseball history when he becomes available after the 2018 season. While a bidding war of unprecedented proportions is expected, one MLB insider already believes one dark horse team could very well already be among the..." March 16

  • Scott Boras adds fuel to Bryce Harper, Manny Machado Phillies rumors

    Newark Star-Ledger "The never-ending rumors are about to get louder, Phillies fans. With Jake Arrieta on board for the 2018 season, the Phillies have taken their rebuild into overdrive and committed toward chasing a winning season this summer. By next winter, we could be looking at an ascending team with a chance..." March 14

  • Bryce Harper has minor surgery to remove ingrown toenail, should be back by Saturday

    Washington Post "Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper underwent minor surgery Wednesday to remove an ingrown toenail but should return to game action by Saturday, Manager Dave Martinez said. “He wants to play [Friday], but we’ll see,” Martinez said Thursday morning, a couple hours before a Nationals team..." March 01

  • Don Mattingly gets testy with Bryce Harper for no good reason

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday Bryce Harper was asked about the Miami Marlins offseason moves. Fair question. The Marlins are division rivals and that club’s tear-down was probably the biggest news inside the division of the offseason. Here’s what Harper said: “I was very shocked that they were going to let go of..." February 20

  • Bryce Harper says his focus is on 2018

    ESPN "Bryce Harper isn't talking about the future. On Monday afternoon, Harper addressed reporters for the first time this spring training and refused to discuss anything beyond the Washington Nationals' upcoming season. That includes potential free agency. "I will not be discussing anything..." February 19

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies among favorites to land Bryce Harper after 2018 season

    Newark Star-Ledger "If you thought the Bryce Harper-Yankees rumors were over, think again. As the 2018 Yankees embark on a fascinating spring training with new faces (first-year manager Aaron Boone, 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton) and World Series expectations, there's little talk about the future. In the Bronx,..." February 16

  • Could Giants make a run at Bryce Harper next winter?

    Fanrag Sports "Could the San Francisco Giants be a surprise spot for Bryce Harper? As was mentioned in this space last week, the Nationals, Yankees, Dodgers and Phillies are seen as among the favorites for Harper, while the Cubs may not be quite the likely landing spot that folks perceive. But what about..." January 27

  • Yankees still planning Bryce Harper chase after 2018?

    Newark Star-Ledger "If you thought Bryce Harper to the Yankees rumors were over, think again. Despite the presence of both Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge on the roster to begin 2018, at least one baseball insider thinks the Yankees are still among a small group of teams that will land Harper when he hits the..." January 22

  • Cubs know waiting for Bryce Harper and next winter's insane free-agent class is affecting baseball's offseason

    NBC Sports Chicago "You might have heard that baseball’s offseason has been slow. Dreadfully slow. Drive-you-crazy slow. What’s the deal? Well, one theory is that teams are hesitant to spend too much money this winter because they’re gearing up for next winter, when things will most definitely not be..." January 15

  • The Nationals could use Bryan Harper to keep Bryce around in 2019

    Masn "The 2018 campaign is obviously a big season for the Nationals, a team built for the postseason, with outstanding starting pitching, timely hitting and stout defense. But 2018 is also the final season Bryce Harper is under contract with the Nats. The club has been working to secure a long-term..." December 31