Mark Lerner: 'We've moved on' from Bryce Harper

Ben Krimmel
February 22, 2019 - 10:23 am
Nationals owner Mark Lerner say they have moved on from Bryce Harper.

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Everybody has a point when they have to walk away.

And it sounds like the Washington Nationals have reached that point in the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes.

"Nothing's certainly changed on our end," Nationals managing principal owner Mark Lerner told NBC Sports Washington Friday. "We've moved on. As I said back then and we had to. There was no way we could wait around. Bryce, I'm sure will make his decision hopefully in the next few days, but we've filled out our roster and like I said, we wish him nothing but the best."

Lerner told 106.7 The Fan in December the Nationals reached the decision to move on from Harper after making an aggressive offer before free agency began.

"We told them, 'This is the best we can do,'" Lerner said. "And we said, 'If this is of interest to you, please come back to us and we'll see whether we can finish it up.' But we just couldn't afford to put more than that in and still be able to put a team together that had a chance to win the NL East or go farther than that."

Reports emerged Thursday from MLB.com indicating the Nationals have "no plans" to offer Harper a mega-deal similar to the one fellow 26-year-old superstar Manny Machado signed with the San Deigo Padres.

While Lerner said Friday there have not been any recent talks with Harper, he did not close the door completely.

"But there's always that, the door's cracked a little bit," Lerner said. "I have no clue at this point what they're up to. We really haven't heard from them in a couple months."

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