Bryce Harper might be the best player the game has to offer. However, as he readies for a potential contract extension, it’s not too early to look forward to the 2018 offseason, when Harper will be poised to become the highest-paid player in the history of Major League Baseball. Harper is having another monster year at the dish, adding to an array of accomplishments and accolades that seems to grow every season. Oh, and he’s only 24. Put that all together, and the perfect storm is in place for an unprecedented contract extension. However, don’t rest assured that Harper is stuck in D.C. The Yankees remain the most visible suitor for the stud. Here’s what else is happening around the National League:
In the seventh inning on Friday night, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager watched as Marlins reliever Nick Wittgren opened an at-bat with three consecutive balls. From the dugout, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts allowed Seager to swing away at the next pitch. His team led by five runs. Roberts did not see much harm in the decision. Inside the opposing dugout, the sight of Seager taking a rip at the next pitch upset Miami manager Don Mattingly, who had held the same title in Los Angeles from 2011 to 2015. It was not the result that bothered him. Seager fouled off a pitch and eventually took a walk. It was the impudence of the decision, Mattingly would hint later in the night. The moment seemed small.
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