A trail of bread crumbs...leading to Bryce Harper staying?

Josh Luckenbaugh
July 17, 2018 - 2:41 pm
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For the past few months – and in some cases, the past few years – the question of where Bryce Harper will sign this offseason has been on the mind of the entire baseball world. Many have touted New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles as potential destinations. 

However, when one looks at the evidence, particularly from the last few days, all signs seem to point to Harper staying in Washington, D.C. and committing to the Nationals long term:

  • At a dedication ceremony for the Bryce Harper All-Star Complex in Herndon Monday morning, Harper said of Nationals manager Davey Martinez, "I look forward to hopefully playing with him for the next 10-12 years."
     
  • Later that day, Nationals managing principal owner Mark D. Lerner told Grant & Danny that the Lerner family thinks of Harper "like our son" and added, "We’ll make a real effort to get him."
     
  • That evening at the Home Run Derby, Harper wore a D.C. flag bandana and pointed to it when the cameras panned to him during player introductions.
     
  • In an appearance on Grant & Danny Tuesday morning, Martinez said, "He [Harper> never talks about being a free agent. Wants to play in Washington, he’s told me that numerous times. So he doesn't even think about that. All he thinks about is winning a championship here, now."
     
  • At the All-Star Game red carpet, Harper rocked a suit jacket brimming with D.C. pride. 

It could all be coincidence, maybe Harper, Lerner, and Martinez all got caught up in the emotions of hosting the All-Star Game. However, following this trail of very tangible bread crumbs certainly leads one to believe Harper wants to stay in D.C., and that the Nationals are focused on keeping him. 

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