Betting Odds Suggest Bryce Harper Trade Is Unlikely
Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports Pictured: Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper
- The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.
- According to reports, the Washington Nationals had been exploring trade partners for outfielder Bryce Harper in recent days.
- However, both recent reports and betting odds forecast that Harper will be staying put in Washington.
The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is today at 4 p.m. ET, and everyone wants to know whether Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will be on the move. Harper will enter free agency following the 2018 season and is in line or a monster contract wherever he signs.
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With the Nationals sitting at 52-53 overall and 5.5 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East, many expected Washington to deal Harper with the assumption that he will not be back in 2019.
However, according to a Tweet from the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes, the team has no plans to move Harper ahead of today’s trade deadline:
Mike Rizzo just reached out with this message:
“Bryce is not going anywhere. I believe in this team.”
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 31, 2018
Current odds concur, posting a price of +1500 that Harper will get traded by the end of the day. Those odds imply a 5.99% chance that Washington deals Harper.
At -5000, there’s an implied probability of 94.01% that the 2015 NL MVP is still on the team’s roster tomorrow.