According to Mark Feinsand of MLB dot com, Bryce Harper is on the trading block.
According to a source, the Nationals are making it known to other teams that Bryce Harper is indeed available.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 31, 2018
Sources confirm: #Nationals sending “feelers” out on Bryce Harper. “I’d be shocked if they do it,” one rival exec says. “They’re seeing if someone wants to go crazy.” First with the news that Harper was available: @chelsea_janes and @Feinsand.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2018
Harper, one of the league’s most well-known stars, has averaged 4.1 fWAR per season since entering the league (2018 included), including a monstrous 2015 which saw him take home the NL MVP. It’s worth noting, though, that various injuries (read: diving for baseballs and crashing into the outfield wall) limited him to lesser games played in 2013 (118), 2014 (100), and 2017 (111).
This year, however, Harper is not doing nearly as well, with a slash line of .220/.369/.473 and 1.6 fWAR/0.4 bWAR.
Projection systems are bullish on the rest-of-season production for Harper, which between ZiPS, Steamer, and Depth Charts, vary between 1.6-1.8 wins above replacement.
As one of the higher-payroll teams in the league, salary would not be a problem for the remainder of the season, but the Angels’ poor competitive positioning in 2018 leaves them out of the running for the D.C. outfielder.