The Nationals are reportedly listening to offers for Bryce Harper

The Nationals are reportedly listening to offers for Bryce Harper

Major League Baseball executives on other teams are skeptical the Nationals will make a deal today.

Then, General Manager Mike Rizzo, who said he went sleepless Monday night, sent a text message to The Post.

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The deadline arrives at 4 p.m. on July 31 and is the last point during the season that a player can be traded from one team to another without first needing to clear waivers. And it's not necessarily how far back of the wild card that is the problem for the Nats - there are now four teams between them and the Braves that the Nationals would have to jump for a playoff spot. Early speculation suggested big-market teams such as the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers could have the most interest in the free-agent-to-be. The Nationals might not see a reason to tie up so much money in Harper when Robles, Soto, Eaton and Taylor are under team control for the foreseeable future. And trading him now would basically eliminate that possibility.

Despite our best hopes that Bryce Harper being on the block would be a fun-as-heck rumor to track today (even if the Cubs didn't make sense as a suitor), it sounds like the Nationals are making it very official that he's not going anywhere. The Nationals are struggling just to stay in the playoff hunt at 52-53, 5 1/2 games back in both the NL East and the wild card. "They're seeing if someone wants to go insane".

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