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Bryce Harper | Outfielder | #34

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 10/16/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Southern Nevada
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (1) / WAS
Contract: view contract details
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Bryce Harper said in his first media session of the spring Monday that he doesn't want to discuss anything beyond the 2018 season.
"Just want to let you guys know I will not be discussing anything relative to 2019, at all," said Harper. "I’m focused on this year. I’m focused on winning and playing hard, like every single year. So if you guys have any questions about anything after 2018, you can call Scott and he can answer you guys." Barring something unexpected, Harper is likely looking at record-breaking contract in free agency, so it's going to be a challenge to avoid the topic altogether. But he's going to do his best. Harper missed time down the stretch last season with a knee injury, but he said Monday that he reported to camp at 100 percent. Feb 19 - 3:45 PM

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USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Nationals "are realistic and firmly believe" Bryce Harper will test free agency next offseason.

The two sides had preliminary discussions on a long-term extension last month, but, not surprisingly, they didn't go anywhere. The Nationals are still hoping to re-sign Harper, but he's going to see what kind of offers are out there in free agency. A record-setting contract is likely.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 08:58:00 AM

Bryce Harper's agent Scott Boras told the media Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that he had "preliminary discussions" about an extension for his client last month with the Nationals.

Harper is on course to score a record-breaking contract in free agency next offseason, so the Nats would probably have to go well out of their comfort zone to make something happen before then. The 25-year-old superstar batted .319/.413/.595 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI in 111 games this past summer. He could have challenged for his second National League MVP if he didn't hurt his knee in mid-August when he slipped on a wet first base bag.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 11:06:00 AM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday that he would be "surprised" if there's no discussion of a contract extension with Bryce Harper.

Rizzo clearly understands that Harper will likely land a record-breaking contract next offseason, but he's optimistic that the team's relationship with the player and his agent, Scott Boras, will have some impact. "I think Bryce has comfort with [Washington], loves his teammates, likes our organization and has a loyal mentality," said Rizzo. "But this is a unique player in a unique situation." Rizzo stressed that negotiations have not begun and there's no set plan for when it will happen, but it's safe to say they'll try to make their pitch at some point.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 10:40:00 PM

Bryce Harper hit a game-tying, two-run home run in the eighth inning of Saturday's NLDS Game 2 win over the Cubs.

Harper had been quiet in the series up until that point, going 1-for-7 with a single, but he certainly made his impact felt in the eighth. With a runner on and one out, Harper crushed a C.J. Edwards curve ball, tying the game and setting the stage for Ryan Zimmerman's game-winning three-run homer a few batters later. It's his ability to create a lightning strike at any time that makes the 24-year-old one of the most dangerous hitters in this postseason, and in baseball in general.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 09:08:00 PM

Bryce Harper went 1-for-4 with a single in a playoff loss to the Cubs on Friday.

Harper's lone hit represented half his team's total as they were shut down by Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs' bullpen. The superstar outfielder managed to play a handful of games in the last week of the season after missing five weeks with a knee injury. The Nationals need him to round into form quickly as they must win three of the next four games to stave off elimination.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 11:32:00 PM

Bryce Harper is in right field and batting second for the Nationals in Friday's NLDS Game 1 against the Cubs.

There are no surprises in the Nats' lineup. Harper batted third for Washington for most of the season, but he hit second ahead of Anthony Rendon after returning from his knee injury and that's the way manager Dusty Baker will keep it. The Nationals' full lineup is as follows: Trea Turner SS, Harper RF, Rendon 3B, Daniel Murphy 2B, Ryan Zimmerman 1B, Jayson Werth LF, Matt Wieters C, Michael Taylor CF, Stephen Strasburg P.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 03:21:00 PM

Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored during an 11-6 loss to the Pirates on Sunday.

It's nice to see Harper ending the regular season on a positive note, and he certainly looks healthy since returning from his knee injury. Even with the missed time, Harper still put up monster numbers for the Nationals, with 29 homers and a 1.008 OPS. Harper will be a player to watch this postseason, and a top ten lock in all formats when draft season starts next spring.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 07:37:00 PM

Bryce Harper went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Friday versus the Pirates.

Harper left the game after seven innings. He’s now 1-for-10 with four strikeouts since returning from his knee injury. Harper reported on Thursday that he was still feeling some soreness, so the Nationals aren’t going to push things in advance of the postseason. The idea is mostly to get his timing right at the plate over the final week.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 11:25:00 PM

Bryce Harper is starting in right field and batting second for the Nationals on Friday.

Harper was a little sore Thursday after playing back-to-back games, although he might have sat out that game, anyway. The former MVP is 1-for-6 at the plate since returning from the disabled list and is looking to knock some rust off before the postseason.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 02:37:00 PM

Bryce Harper admitted to some soreness after playing back-to-back days and is out of the lineup Thursday.

Harper might have gotten the night off regardless, as the Nationals intended to ease him back into action following his absence due to a knee injury. Victor Robles starts in right field tonight. Harper is expected back tomorrow, and he could play all three games this weekend.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 04:21:00 PM

Bryce Harper went 0-for-2 with a walk in his return to the Nationals' lineup Tuesday.

Harper drew a four-pitch walk against Jake Thompson in the top of the first inning before striking out versus Thompson in the third and popping out against him in the fifth. He was pulled from the game at that point, as the Nationals are easing him back into action following a six and a half week absence.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 10:16:00 PM

Bryce Harper (knee) will bat second in his return from the disabled list Tuesday against the Phillies.

Harper has been testing himself in simulated games, but this will be his first real game action since injuring his left knee by slipping on the first base bag back on August 12. It's unclear if he'll play every day the rest of the way, but the Nationals are hoping to get him back in rhythm before the NLDS begins. Harper has mostly hit third this season, so it will be interesting to see if this is what the Nationals have in mind for him for the postseason.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 03:31:00 PM

Nationals activated OF Bryce Harper from the 10-day disabled list.

Harper's return was delayed Monday due to illness, but he's expected to be in the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies. The 24-year-old ended up missing 41 games due to a bone bruise in his left knee. He returns to a .326/.419/.614 batting line with 29 homers and 87 RBI over 106 games.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 03:06:00 PM

Bryce Harper (knee, illness) is expected to return from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Harper was originally lined up to return on Monday, but plans changed due to an illness. He's already feeling better as of Tuesday afternoon, so all signs point to him being in the lineup. Harper has been out since mid-August with a bone bruise in his left knee, but the Nats are hoping to get some at-bats under his belt going into the postseason.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 02:01:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Matt Wieters
2Miguel Montero
3Pedro Severino
4Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Reynolds
3Reid Brignac
4Kelvin Gutierrez
LF1Adam Eaton
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
4Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
2Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5A.J. Cole
6Erick Fedde
7Jefry Rodriguez
8Joe Ross
9Edwin Jackson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Enny Romero
7Joaquin Benoit
8Matt Grace
9Sammy Solis
10Austin Adams
11Wander Suero
12David Goforth
13Tim Collins
14Bryan Harper