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Friction Building Between Harper, Nats

Thom Loverro, Washington Times

At $400M, Harper Would Be Underpaid

Will Leitch, Sports on Earth

Nats Tipping Hand on Harper?

Jonathan Bernhardt, FanRag Sports Network

Clock Ticking Down for Harper's Nats

Barry Svrluga, Washington Post

Shortly after the news broke Wednesday afternoon that the Washington Nationals had traded two of their top pitching prospects to the Chicago White Sox for outfielder Adam Eaton, Br...(full article)

Back in February 2014, Fangraphs' Dave Cameron, in the wake of incessant rumors of an impending Mike Trout extension with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, speculated on just how ...(full article)

Sometimes you just gotta do a deal. That’s the most sensible reception to the trade that sent three prospects (all of them elite) to the Chicago White Sox in return for Adam Eato...(full article)

About seven miles north of this creepy little enclave of naked capitalism where the Winter Meetings have descended, Bryce Harper plays baseball. He is the star player for the Washi...(full article)

With baseball’s winter meetings right here along the shores of the Potomac River, it’s time for Washington to arrive at what could be a difficult realization: Bryce Har...(full article)

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