The Washington Nationals are starting to find their rhythm. After a slow start, they’ve won four in a row and are now 24-18 on the season. And that puts them just 1.5 games back of the impressive Atlanta Braves. However, the question of the offseason looms: Will Bryce Harper stay in Washington?
And while it’s all but a guarantee he’ll hit the market, Harper doesn’t want to discuss it. And he’s certainly not going to take the New York Yankees bait. Speaking to Jamal Collier of MLB.com, Harper would make things very simple.
“I’m a National now. We’re going into this series trying to win some ballgames. That’s the only thing on my mind.”
But he doesn’t stop there.
“I’m focused on what we can do as a team, I’m focused on this series and trying to win ballgames, and that’s what it’s all about — going out there and trying to not worry about who you’re playing or who you’re facing that day.”
Meanwhile, manager Dave Martinez echoes the same sentiment:
“He’s been great. For me, it’s nice to write his name in the lineup every day, it really is. He never talks about anything. All he talks about is helping us win on a daily basis. He’s a National. That’s the way he views it.”
What more could you ask for, right? In the meantime, the Yankees sit atop the AL East with a record of 28-12. Their offense is the best in the league for a reason. But imagine adding Harper to that lineup… Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sánchez, Harper, Didi Gregorius. That’s just not fair.
But that’s a problem for the offseason to worry about. In the meantime, there’s plenty of baseball left to play. On the season, Harper is slashing .232/.395/.535 with 4 doubles and 13 home runs. And while the average sits quite low for Harper, he’s still leading the NL in dingers (13), walks (41) and intentional walks (8).
Will he be calling New York his home next season?