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Scott Boras on Nationals extending Bryce Harper: “When they have a plan, we’ll let you know”

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From our friend Mark Zuckerman of CSNMidAtlantic.com’s Nats Insider

If the Nationals harbor any hopes of keeping Bryce Harper in D.C. long-term, the onus will be on them to initiate negotiations, agent Scott Boras said Wednesday.

“I think with each player like that, you have generational players, I think each organization is going to have its own philosophy about how they handle him and what they do,” Boras said during his annual scrum with reporters at this week’s Winter Meetings in Nashville. “So that’s really something I’m sure the brain trust of the Nationals have to sit down and look at. And when they have a plan, we’ll let you know.”

In other words, Boras won’t be doing any pitching to the Nationals’ braintrust.

Harper isn’t due to hit free agency until after the 2018 season, so there’s no real rush to get something done this winter. But it’s a pretty safe bet that his price will rise as the years tick by.

The 23-year-old superstar outfielder earned National League MVP honors in 2015 after batting .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs, 99 RBI, and 118 runs scored in 153 games.

Could we be looking at a $500 million commitment when all is said and done?

Mets acquire Brooks Pounders from Indians

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The Mets have acquired right-handed reliever Brooks Pounders from the Indians for cash considerations, the teams reported Saturday. Despite his limited and varied major-league experience, Pounders has put up intriguing numbers at the Triple-A level and is expected to step into a not-insignificant role with the Mets’ relief corps.

Pounders, 28, signed a minor-league deal with the Indians last December and pitched to a healthy 2.31 ERA, 2.8 BB/8, and 11.8 SO/9 over his first 35 innings in Cleveland’s farm system. He hasn’t taken the mound in a major-league setting since 2018, however, when he appeared in 14 games with the Rockies and labored through a much more unsightly 7.63 ERA, 1.2 BB/9, and 10.0 SO/9 across 15 1/3 frames. Still, his peripherals are promising, and there’s no question the Mets could use some help bolstering a bullpen that currently ranks eighth-worst in the league with a collective 5.31 ERA and 0.2 fWAR.

In subsequent roster moves, fellow righty Tyler Bashlor was sent back to Triple-A Syracuse for the second time this season, while Héctor Santiago was designated for assignment, Tim Peterson was optioned to Triple-A, and Chris Flexen was recalled from Triple-A. It’s been a less-than-ideal campaign for Bashlor so far this year: through 13 relief appearances for the club, he lost control of a bloated 5.23 ERA, 5.4 BB/9, and 9.3 SO/9 in 11 2/3 innings and had not been utilized in a game since June 2.