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By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

With the trade deadline just over six hours away, the Washington Nationals trading away franchise player Bryce Harper seems unlikely.

If any team were to make the strongest case for the six-time All-Star, however, rivals are suggesting it should be the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Fancred's Jon Heyman. Harper, 25, was reportedly made available for trade late Sunday night, per MLB.com.

UPDATE, Chelsea Janes, Washington Post, 10:33 a.m.: Mike Rizzo just reached out with this message: "Bryce is not going anywhere. I believe in this team."

For the past few seasons, the Phillies have been included in conversation as among the favorites to acquire Harper, especially given their minimal salary commitments in future seasons. On July 15, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported the Phillies and Managing Partner John Middleton are "very aggressive," have "no reservations about spending money," and they "might try to sign" both Harper and Manny Machado as free agents this winter.

The Phillies were in on the Machado sweepstakes until he was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 18. Perhaps they will be equally as aggressive to acquire Harper on Tuesday as well.


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