Dodgers offered Puig to Nats in Bryce Harper trade

Tanya Simon
November 9, 2018

The Los Angeles Dodgers previously offered outfielder Yasiel Puig to the Washington Nationals in a trade for Bryce Harper, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers inquired about acquiring Harper from the Nationals before July's trade deadline and later claimed him off waivers in August. According to reports, the Nats' offer is now off the table, but the team is still open to a deal.

Harper has attention from several teams as the Phillies and White Sox have publicly admitted interest, even at a high price.

In order to add Harper to their roster, the Dodgers' spending would certainly extend beyond the league's $206 million competitive-balance tax threshold for 2019. And the Nationals, of course, could up-the-ante.

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For years now, Boras has been selling Harper - who at the age of 26 is already a six-time All Star, a former National League MVP and was the 2012 rookie of the year - as a talent so rare he could command more than $US400 million.

For some time now, as it became apparent Harper would enter free agency this year, it was speculated that he would become a New York Yankee. It may not have been. Nightengale says that Harper is seeking a 13-year deal that tops the average annual value of $34.42 million that Zack Greinke now has in his deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He may not get that much - or at least not that many years - but it does seem that there's been an effort from Harper's camp to shift the overton window on just how much Harper could ultimately earn this offseason. Harper has performed well at Citizens Bank Park in his career, hitting 14 of his 184 career home runs at CBP, which is good for the second-highest total of any ball park he's played in behind his home stadium.

Part of the thought in signing Harper would be that you may be paying for his peak.

This offseason is going to be lucrative for Bryce Harper.

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