Harper talks trade rumors – MLB.com

While Tuesday was highlighted by a whirlwind of noteworthy deals leading right up to 4 p.m. ET, the 2018 non-waiver Trade Deadline will also be remembered for the big name that stayed put: the Nationals’ Bryce Harper.

However, the superstar outfielder may have been closer to being moved than many realize. The destination? Cleveland.

While Tuesday was highlighted by a whirlwind of noteworthy deals leading right up to 4 p.m. ET, the 2018 non-waiver Trade Deadline will also be remembered for the big name that stayed put: the Nationals’ Bryce Harper.

However, the superstar outfielder may have been closer to being moved than many realize. The destination? Cleveland.

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According to Jayson Stark, multiple sources told The Athletic (subscription required) that the Indians were “in deep conversations” with Washington about Harper “before the Nationals pulled back the FOR SALE sign.”

If Cleveland had been willing to include young right-hander Shane Bieber — the Tribe balked at that request, per MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, who initially wrote about the club’s interest in Harper on Monday — the outcome might have been different.

On Wednesday morning, Bieber, who has recorded a 4.73 ERA (3.40 FIP) over 51 1/3 innings with the Indians as a rookie this season, commented on Cleveland’s reported refusal to put him in a deal for Harper.

“There wasn’t much reaction, just because there were no legs to it,” Bieber told MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. “It’s a pretty cool thing to see. It’s always nice to have commitment from the club. The Indians have been nothing but great to me. They’re great to everybody in the organization, through and through, from when you first get drafted until when you’re with them for however many years. All the guys have nothing but high

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