By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper may be on the move. According to reports, he was claimed off of revocable waivers by a mystery team.
Right before the July 31st trade deadline, the Nationals made Harper available in a trade for several hours. However, they ultimately decided that they were going to keep their star outfielder.
He was reportedly one of three players, who were claimed off waivers. Second baseman Daniel Murphy and outfielder Matt Adams was the other.
According to the Washington Post, infielder Mark Reynolds, catcher Matt Wieters, and starter Gio Gonzalez has also been placed on waivers.
The mystery team will now have two days to work out a deal to acquire Harper, who will be a free agent at the end of the season. Or the Nationals can pull him back.
National League teams had the first opportunity to put in a waiver claim in on Harper. The Nationals were notified of the claim on Sunday. That means the team has until the end of Tuesday to make a blockbuster deal.
Harper is playing on a one-year, $21.6 million deal plus incentives. He could potentially be the first $400 million free agent in MLB history when he signs with his new team in the coming months.
The Nationals did not make a move at the trade deadline. The belief was that they were going to make a playoff push. However, the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies are expected to battle for the Division crown.