Washington Nationals: 5 x-factors for Bryce Harper in 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals hits a two run home run against the Chicago Cubs in the eighth inning during game two of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals hits a two run home run against the Chicago Cubs in the eighth inning during game two of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper is entering a monumental season. Here are five x-factors for his big year.

2018 has barely begun, but it appears to be a fateful season for the Washington Nationals. They suffered yet another early postseason exit in 2017, and are now entering ’18 with a new coaching staff in place.

These two things would make the season an enormous one for any team, but the Nats have one outstanding circumstance that trumps both of these. Bryce Harper is entering his contract season.

It is hard to believe, especially since he is just 25 years old, but Harper’s contract expires at the end of the season. It has been talked about for several years now, but it has finally arrived.

Due to Harper’s impending free agency, some people have been predicting that the Nats’ window to win is closing. However, that is not the case. Harper is a generational talent, and he certainly makes the Nats better, but they would be able to survive without him.

Victor Robles, the Nats’ top prospect, is knocking on the door of the majors. He showcased his talents in a cup of coffee towards the end of 2017, but there is not a spot for him in the majors. He will likely begin the season in the minors, but appears ready to handle a major league role.

Harper is among the best players in the league, but the Nats are well-equipped for a potential life without him. Despite Robles’ presence as a rising star, 2018 will be a fateful year for Harper and the Nats.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at five x-factors for Harper in his monumental season.

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