The Dodgers offered Puig in a trade, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, but the two sides could not strike a deal.
At MLB general managers' meetings Tuesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras and said that "we took advantage of our exclusivity late in the season" to negotiate with the star outfielder. However, the team is still open to a different deal. The first time was before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and the second was when they claimed him before the waiver deadline but the Washington Nationals pulled Harper back, as expected.
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If Harper signs elsewhere, the Nationals outfield next season will consist of Juan Soto in left field, Victor Robles in centre and Adam Eaton in right field with former Gold Glove finalist Michael A. Taylor as a backup in centre. For those of you without a math degree, $35 million per year over a 13-year period would be $455 million.
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"I'm comfortable with the alternative [to signing Harper]", Rizzo said. "But I'm not comfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him".
Whether the Nationals will be without Harper remains to be seen. Looks like they want to get the bad taste of Dexter Fowler's deal out of their mouth and throw some more money to big-name free agents! The Nationals reportedly made Harper a huge long-term offer at the end of the regular season, but he declined it. Zack Greinke ($34 million), David Price ($31 million) and Clayton Kershaw ($31 million) all got more.
The Nationals were willing to make a strong commitment.