There was the Summer of George, and now there's going to be the Winter of Bryce.
Bryce Harper is about to dominate the MLB offseason with rumors swirling until he either re-signs with the Nationals or begins a new chapter in his career. The big question on everyone's mind is if the 26-year-old is ready to move on from Washington D.C.
Before Harper makes his decision, the Nationals are not ready to move on from the 2015 NL MVP. Once the offseason begins after the World Series, the Nationals will make a strong push to re-sign their star outfielder, reports Jon Heyman.
It's anyone's guess if the Nationals can convince Harper to stay after a season in which the team disappointed everyone by missing the postseason with an 82-80 record. But, the front office has had success with Harper's agent Scott Boras in the past.
Boras was able to get a $210 million deal for Max Scherzer from the Nats and $175 million for Stephen Strasburg. However, people believe Boras and Harper will be looking for a deal as high as $400 million.
After the final regular season game of the 2018 season, Harper became visibly emotional when talking about the Nationals and the team's fans. "If I'm back, I'd love to be," Harper said. "If I'm not, then we'll see what happens."
If he's not back, is San Francisco Harper's next destination? In September, the Giants were given the eighth-best odds to sign him and Harper has shown multiple times on social media how much he loves The City.
Strap in Giants fans, the Winter of Bryce has just begun.