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Nationals’ Bryce Harper Isn’t Interested In Discussing His Impending Free Agency

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Washington Nationals slugging right fielder Bryce Harper is set to enter free agency following the 2018 season, and he has zero interest in discussing who he’ll be playing for a year from now.

Harper, who turned 25 this past October, is entering his seventh Major League season for the Nationals; and he’d like to focus solely on that.

“I will not be discussing anything relative to 2019 at all. I’m focused on this year. I’m focused on winning and playing hard like every single year. So if you guys have any questions about anything after 2018, you can call (agent) Scott (Boras) and he can answer you guys. If you guys do talk anything about that, then I’ll be walking right out the door,” Harper said to reporters on Monday.

Harper appeared on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday, speaking to hosts Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier, offering similar comments:

“It’s not fair to my teammates or myself to look forward. Every single year, I’ve always tried to come in and win ballgames. That’s the biggest goal for myself. That’s the biggest goal for my team.

“And I want to come in here and be the best player I can for the Nationals organization, and be the best player I can for all my teammates and all my brothers inside that clubhouse. We’ve got a great team, got a great environment in there. Everybody in the world knows I’m gonna be a free agent next year. That’s just part of how the game works. It’s part of how sports work. That’s how it is.”

Harper has accomplished a lot in his first six years with Washington. He was the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year, the 2015 NL MVP while winning a Silver Slugger and Hank Aaron Award that year, has been a five-time All-Star.

In an injury-shortened 2017 season (111 games), Harper hit .319/.413/.595 with 29 homers and 87 RBIs, perhaps missing out on his second MVP award.

Harper, the 2010 number one pick, is looking at a monster contract following 2018, maybe the biggest one ever in terms of overall money; but for now, he’s focused on nothing but baseball.

It’s pretty scary to think at just 25, Harper isn’t even in his prime yet. Sure, he’s been up-and-down some in his seven years, but make no mistake: the bidding for him is going to be INTENSE.

For now though, nothing’s more important to him than performing in 2018; I wouldn’t expect anything less from him.

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Phillies Sign Aaron Nola to Contract Extension

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The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a long-term contract extension with right hander Aaron Nola.

The new deal is four-years and $45 million and includes a club option as well as a $2 million signing bonus.

Nola, 25, pitched to the tune of a 2.37 ERA last season.

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Bryce Harper Not Interest in Short Team Deal

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When it comes to the market for free agent superstar Bryce Harper, teams won’t be able to bring him in on a short-term, lucrative contract.

Harper isn’t interested.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Harper is not “even considering” a short-term deal, even as the market for he and Manny Machado continues to stay in a holding pattern.

There has been chatter that neither superstar will fetch the $300 million deals that they had been seeking.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nigtengale, the San Francisco Giants have plans on offering “a lucrative short-term deal” but did not want “to provide a long-term contract approaching the 10-year, $300 million contract Harper rejected from the Washington Nationals in September.”

Harper has been linked to a number of teams, so it’s unclear where he will land, and he still could return to the Washington Nationals.

However, I think that the New York Yankees, despite their public comments otherwise, may come in during the final minutes to scoop up Harper.

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Mets’ Jacob deGrom Puts Deadline on Contract Talks

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New York Mets ace and reigning National League Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom is putting pressure on the organization when it comes to hammering out a new deal.

deGrom is set to hit free agency following the 2020 season and the 30-year old wants to lock in a new, long-term contract, and isn’t waiting around too long to get it.

According to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, deGrom and his reps have informed team officials he will not negotiate a new deal during the season and have set a deadline to complete a deal by Opening Day.

The clock is ticking.

Per the report, deGrom seeks a contract that would buy out his remaining arbitration year and extend his agreement with the club long term.

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