Washington Nationals: What could they get in a Bryce Harper trade?

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 22: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals scores a first inning run against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on July 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 22: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals scores a first inning run against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on July 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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The Verdict

It’s debatable whether any of these offers actually come to fruition, even if Bryce Harper is put on the trade block. But if they were, the Washington Nationals would have a tough decision to make.

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We’ve previously advocated for the team to not trade Harper, and that does still seem to be the best way to move forward. After all, if the team wants to re-sign the outfielder in the offseason, they shouldn’t jeopardize the relationship they have with him.

But with some great prospects on the table in these hypothetical negotiations, it might be worth re-considering that stance.

In terms of overall value, the Arizona Diamondbacks package likely looks the best for the Nationals. It would certainly be enough to have Mike Rizzo contemplate the offer.

But, perhaps the most tempting would be the Cleveland Indians offer. You would receive two major league ready players in Bradley Zimmer and Adam Plutko while getting a really good insurance policy for Anthony Rendon in Nolan Jones.

So with the Nationals’ current course of trying to compete again in 2019, the Indians offer would be the one to go with. We want to hear your opinion on which offer you prefer, so vote in our Twitter poll below and you can have your say.

We want to say thanks to those who helped play the other half of these trade negotiations to attempt to get realistic trades:

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It’s not going to be an easy decision for Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals as to whether to trade Bryce Harper. However, it’s something they can’t hide from with the team’s current plight.

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