Report: Nats' ownership vetoed Harper trade to Astros

Ben Krimmel
November 10, 2018 - 3:20 pm

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The Houston Astros had a deal in place to acquire Bryce Harper at the non-waiver trade deadline, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

However, "the deal collapsed when Washington Nationals ownership refused to approve the move," Rosenthal wrote citing "major-league sources."

On Thursday, reports surfaced about the Los Angeles Dodgers making two attempts to trade for Harper during the 2018 season, offering Yasiel Puig in a deal.

Rosenthal writes the Nats would have obtained three prospects from the Astros in exchange for Harper, a greater haul than what the club will receive if Harper leaves during free agency

Washington was 52-53 and 5 1/2 games back in the NL East race when ownership vetoed the deal on July 30. The Nats finished the year 82-80 and 8 games behind the Atlanta Braves. 

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