If you asked any Nationals fan over the holiday break what they thought about Bryce Harper’s free agency they would have told you that the 26-year-old star was as good as gone.

But as it turns out, the Nats may be one of the front-runners in trying to sign the left-handed slugger, according to reports first announced by MLB Network Radio’s Jim Bowden.

What a difference a few days make.

The last thing that we knew was that the Nats had offered Harper a $300 million contract over 10 years, as reported by Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes. But Bowden’s report is that the Nats have allegedly made Harper additional offers over the last few weeks and that those offers are “much more than the $300 million reported by the media.”

Janes also reported that Harper and Nats’ ownership met again the week before Christmas, and the Nats have been tight-lipped about the outcome of that meeting.

But the fact that Harper hasn’t signed elsewhere is probably an indication that the Nats’ offer was serious, and that Washington is still very well in the mix.

If Washington can bring Harper back, it would have a crowded outfield which would also include Juan Soto, Adam Eaton, Victor Robles, Michael A. Taylor, and Andrew Stevenson. Eaton, the most expensive of the group at a tune of $6 million a year, would likely be traded.

The most glaring position of need in the Nationals roster is second base, where they can improve offensively. Wilmer Difo and Howie Kendrick are expected to play the position if the season started today.

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As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of baseball. One of my earliest memories is sitting with my dad in his bedroom, way past my bedtime, watching Pete Rose hit 4,192. He knew then that this was a big deal and wanted to make sure that I witness it. I was 6, and I was hooked. I was born in Caguas and raised in Cidra, Puerto Rico, where the only thing that matters more than baseball is winning baseball. I’m a digital journalism student at Penn State and call Northern Virginia home these days.
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Content Creator at Armchair Washington Nationals , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of baseball. One of my earliest memories is sitting with my dad in his bedroom, way past my bedtime, watching Pete Rose hit 4,192. He knew then that this was a big deal and wanted to make sure that I witness it. I was 6, and I was hooked. I was born in Caguas and raised in Cidra, Puerto Rico, where the only thing that matters more than baseball is winning baseball. I’m a digital journalism student at Penn State and call Northern Virginia home these days.

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