Puig's name has come up in trade rumors dozens of times over the years, but he has ultimately remained with the Dodgers and has now played in more postseason games than anyone else in franchise history.
This offseason is going to be lucrative for Bryce Harper. Teams do make token offers now and then, to save face or push the price up for rivals. It would take a hefty contract to sign Harper, though, and it remains to be seen if the Dodgers are willing to dish that out.
Wherever Harper ends up, we know there's one place he won't land: NY.
"It behooves us to have an expiration date", Rizzo told reporters, an indication the Nationals are prepared to move on in their plans without Harper because, as one person familiar with the situation said, they "can't have $300 million dangling out there for months". With the New York Yankees likely to be more interested in Manny Machado, the other prize of this winter's free-agent sweepstakes, the Phillies reportedly are the favorite to sign Harper.
"I'm comfortable with the alternative [to signing Harper]", Rizzo said. "But I'm uncomfortable with the statement that we're a better team without him". For the moment, it seems he and Boras will explore options elsewhere. His clients include Nationals pitchers Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, and former Nats outfielder Jayson Werth.
Harper was publicly reminiscent and nostalgic on September 26, the Nationals' final home game of the season and reportedly the day he received the team's new offer. The Nationals made him a qualifying offer last Friday.