Nats GM Mike Rizzo has been busy this off-season, seemingly working to build a team that wouldn’t include Bryce Harper after Harper turned down the Nats’ 10yr/300M offer at the end of the regular season. That’s to be expected, because waiting around for Harper to sign could mean that all the good players were gone once the decision was made.
It was always thought that any re-signing of Harper here would be an ownership thing, anyway, since that’s the way Scott Boras (Harper’s agent) has always rolled with his players. There are some in the Nats’ twitterverse that claim that Boras is really the Nats’ shadow GM, at least when it comes to his clients.
On the other hand, Tom Boswell has seemingly been the local writer most willing carry water for the Lerner family, and he’s been saying since the end of the season that Bryce ain’t coming back, no way, no how. Today, Mark Lerner made it pretty clear that Boswell is almost certainly correct during an interview with the local Nats flagship radio station:
I don’t want to see him 19 times a year, so I hope the Dodgers or an American League team sign him.