Dodgers Quick Hits: How Close Was Bryce Harper to Being a Dodger?
News came out yesterday that the Dodgers claimed Bryce Harper off revocable waivers but no deal was reached.
There was a brief moment of about fifteen minutes yesterday when Dodger fans thought Bryce Harper could become a Dodger this season. Around noon news broke that the Dodgers were the mystery team that claimed Bryce Harper on waivers and it seemed a deal could be in the works as the Nationals started their sell-off by trading Daniel Murphy to the Cubs.
About a half hour, after the news broke, it was announced that the period to work out a trade had already come and gone. With waiver trades, clubs have two days to work out a deal and if no deal is reached then the player is pulled off of waivers. Since Harper was pulled back it means that he could no longer be traded this season.
Whether the Dodgers had any intent to actually complete a deal remains in question because they could have just claimed Harper to block another NL contender from possibly acquiring him. The deal was not close at any point so the Dodgers will have to wait until free agency to take another swing at landing Harper.
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