The Nationals have officially moved on from Bryce Harper

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Last fall we heard that the Nationals offered Bryce Harper a ten-year, $300 million deal. Yesterday we learned that, in reality, it was not really a $300 million deal because a full one-third of that $300 million was deferred money. Today we hear that there has been nothing else doing between the Nationals and Harper since last fall and that the Nationals have, officially, moved on.

That’s the story from NBC Sports Washington, which spoke with Nats owner Mark Lerner today. Lerner said the roster is set and Bryce Harper is not going to be a part of it:

“We’ve moved on. As I said back then and we had to. There was no way we could wait around. Bryce, I’m sure will make his decision hopefully in the next few days, but we’ve filled out our roster and like I said, we wish him nothing but the best.”

He did add later that “the door is cracked” if Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, wish to re-engage, but Lerner said he has not heard from the Harper camp in months.

It seems like Philly or, possibly, San Francisco, are the only real contenders. A reporter closely connected with Harper’s agent is saying the Padres haven’t ruled him out, but it’s hard to know how seriously to take that report.

Cody Bellinger continues to lead all All-Star vote-getters

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As you’ll recall, we have a new All-Star voting system in place this year. It’s a two-tiered system.

The “the Primary,” is underway and runs through June 21. That’s just the regular “vote for whoever you want stuff.” After it’s over, the top three vote-getters at each position will then be placed on a new ballot — “The Starter’s Election” — from which fans will then vote again during a single 28-hour period to decide who starts the All-Star Game. The results of that will be announced on June 27. The bench guys and pitchers and stuff will be chosen as usual, with full rosters announced a couple of days later.

Major League Baseball just gave us an update of who’s leading the primary. The overall leaders at each position break down thusly:

Here are the more extensive leaderboards, with the shaded names belonging to players who, if voting stopped now, would make the second round. First, the American League:

And now the National League:

Vote early, vote often.