Over summer, the Washington Nationals did consider trading Bryce Harper. After all, despite all their talent they just couldn’t get going. And ultimately, they didn’t reach the postseason. But in the end, they didn’t move him. Now they’re unlikely to get anything for him at all. Over summer, though, teams did throw an offer out there. And that includes the Los Angeles Dodgers, who reportedly put Puig on the table in a potential offer.
Or so says Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times.
“The Dodgers offered Puig in a trade, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, but the two sides could not strike a deal,” Castillo writes.
Puig alone wouldn’t have been nearly enough to get Harper, of course. But he’s an enticing player in a potential trade. That’s neither here nor there anymore, though. The season is over and the offseason is here. So that brings us to our next question: will the Dodgers pursue Harper now? It would mean going over the luxury tax threshold. That said, the Dodgers need to get the job done. They’ve made the World Series two seasons in a row, and that’s excellent. They haven’t won either of them, though, so the pressure keeps mounting. Having Harper might just put them over the edge.
“It’s not something we ever operate with a firm number,” President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman tells Castillo. “And like I said last week, I feel really confident that we have all the resources we’ll need to put us in position to win a World Series.”
Puig hit .267/.327/.494 with 21 doubles and 23 home runs across 125 games. Back in September, Harper reportedly turned down a $300-million contract from the Nationals.