The Dodgers and Nationals ultimately could not reach a deal.
It will be interesting to see what happens this offseason though if the Dodgers pursue Harper in free agency as Puig is eligible for salary arbitration this winter and under contract for one more season.
All signs point to Bryce Harper leaving Washington this offseason. It turns out that he rejected a contract offer from the team that very day.
Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was offered a 10-year, $300 million contract by the club towards the end of the 2018 season, according to ESPN. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Mike Rizzo acknowledged Tuesday his team can not afford to wait around.
In order to afford Harper, the Yankees might have to explore the option of dealing Stanton, who has a no-trade clause. Indeed, the Nationals need starting pitching, a catcher and to upgrade their bench. That would make them seem like an unlikely landing spot for Harper, but Castillo reports that they offered Puig as part of a trade for Harper. They can not wait for Harper to make his decision - which many in the industry believe will come no sooner than the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas next month - and miss out on the market.
"I'm comfortable with the alternative (to Harper re-signing)", Rizzo added. Boras also has Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg as clients. "But I'm uncomfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him".
Boras tabbed Harper as a "generational" and "iconic" player - citing the Nationals' stark increase in attendance, television ratings and overall franchise value since Harper joined the team. 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.