Bryce Harper played his final home game of the season on Wednesday. And judging by the superstar’s post Thursday, it might’ve been a goodbye.
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Harper’s nine-photo grid on Instagram all had the same message, “To the fans and city of DC, thank you!” And while it’s not technically a goodbye-post, it certainly seems like he is preparing to move on. If that’s what the team decides, of course. Earlier this week, the 25-year-old did express his desire to stay in D.C. But he’s also preparing to start anew if the team doesn’t want to negotiate a new contract.
Therefore, he could leave and earn a record-breaking contract when he hits free agency this offseason.
It’s certainly hard to picture the Nationals without Harper, who’s seemingly been the face of the franchise since he was drafted first overall in 2010. He’s been the story to follow since. And that’s certainly not changing anytime soon.
In 154 games this season — potentially his last as a Nat — he’s hitting .245 with 34 home runs and 100 RBI.
“I think about other cities, but I love it here,” Harper said on Tuesday. “Am I in the plans, you know? I don’t know. It’s hard to think about, because it’s all you know, and then you think about it, it’s like, ‘Well, it could all be over in a second.’ It’s kind of crazy,” he adds.
Over the course of his seven seasons in Washington, Harper has put up a .278 average, .899 on base plus slugging percentage and 184 home runs. He’s a six-time All-Star as well, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2012 and MVP honors in 2015.