An early look at Bryce Harper's free agency – MLB.com

As the regular season comes to an end and fans start to think about the offseason, we’re taking a close look at some of the most prominent players eligible for free agency.

Name: Bryce Harper
Position: Outfielder
Team: Washington Nationals
Age (as of Opening Day 2019): 26
2018 stats: .247/.388/.503, 33 HR, 94 RBIs

As the regular season comes to an end and fans start to think about the offseason, we’re taking a close look at some of the most prominent players eligible for free agency.

Name: Bryce Harper
Position: Outfielder
Team: Washington Nationals
Age (as of Opening Day 2019): 26
2018 stats: .247/.388/.503, 33 HR, 94 RBIs

Looking back
A six-time All-Star at the age of 25, Harper has established himself as one of the game’s premier young stars. The 2015 National League Most Valuable Player Award winner had his breakout season at the age of 22, and although the past three campaigns haven’t matched that incredible production — when he led the NL in runs, homers, on-base percentage and slugging percentage — he assuredly will enter the market with Manny Machado as one of the two most coveted players available.

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Looking ahead
Harper had a subpar first half in 2018, hitting .214/.365/.468, but he’s rebounded nicely since the All-Star break, posting an impressive .312/.433/.571 line that should serve him well as he seeks a record-setting contract. Even in his bad first half, Harper hit 23 home runs and led the NL in walks, providing value to Washington’s lineup.

Video: [email protected]: Harper homers, walks four times vs. Braves

Harper is just entering his theoretical prime. He will bring serious star power with him wherever he winds up, evidenced by the show he put on at this year’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby. Harper would be an immediate boost to

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