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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo on Bryce Harper potentially signing on long-term in D.C.

Bryce Harper’s future was the main topic of discussion in D.C. again on Friday, with Mike Rizzo talking Harper on the Sports Junkies and USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale sharing a report on the Nats’ thinking...

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Mike Rizzo declined to provide even a ballpark figure for what it will take to get Bryce Harper to sign a long-term deal, telling 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies on Friday, “If I had a ballpark, I’d give it to you, but at this point when we’ve just had some casual conversations, I wouldn’t even venture a guess. I think it would be unfair for me to do it.”

Rizzo did, however, tell the Junkies that he thinks Harper wants to play in D.C. after the 2018 season, though there are other factors.

“I think Bryce wants to come back here and play here, for sure,” Rizzo said.

“He loves the town and he loves the fan base. He loves this team that he grew up in. He’s got a great relationship with myself.”

As he’s said before, Rizzo drafted Harper with the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, scouted the catcher-turned-outfielder, oversaw his development, and his adjustment to the majors, and the two have a good relationship.

Will the relationship play a role when it comes time for Harper to make a decision next winter, unless, of course, he agrees to an extension before then, which USA Today’s Bob Nightengale says the Nationals believe is unlikely. You can read that tweet below...

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