Washington Nationals: The Future of Bryce Harper

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Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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SHORT-TERM DEAL

If you were to go to Las Vegas and wager what will happen, this would be the safest bet.

If Harper is looking to double his haul for 2017 to $10 million, the Nationals are silly not to accept. Of all the scenarios that can happen, a one-year deal is the safest option. Aside from protecting the franchise, it gives him the incentive to play himself into a bigger contract next year.

A one-year contract also allows Rizzo and Boras more time to work on a multi-year deal without pressure. As with Strasburg, if Harper wants to be a Washington National five years from now, having the security of a short package in place establishes trust.

The Nationals want Harper for many years. If settling on a one-year pact can build on the foundation for the future, that is a winning hand for everybody.

With an extensive off-season for Washington ahead, getting Harper signed pain-free for 2017 allows the focus to shift on their bigger needs at catcher and closer. Also, if both sides can agree with ease, the odds of a longer deal increase. A result everyone who roots for the Nats wants.

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