The Latest: Bryce Harper reportedly staying with Nationals
The Latest on Major League Baseball trades on the deadline day for deals without waivers (all times Eastern):
Washington Nationals president and general manager Mike Rizzo says Bryce Harper will not be traded before Tuesday’s deadline.
Rizzo tells the Washington Post in a text message that Harper “is not going anywhere.”
The Nationals have been one of baseball’s biggest disappointments. They entered Tuesday with a 52-53 record, but they are still within 5 ½ games of the NL East lead and the second wild card.
The St. Louis Cardinals have traded outfielder Tommy Pham to the Tampa Bay Rays for three minor leaguers — outfielder Justin Williams, left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera and right-handed pitcher Roel Ramirez.
The Cardinals also received international cap space in the four-player trade announced Tuesday, baseball’s deadline for trades without waivers.
There had already been a flurry of moves this week, including closers Roberto Osuna (to Houston) and Ken Giles (to Toronto) switching teams, Seattle picking up Adam Warren and Zach Duke, Lance Lynn joining the New York Yankees, Adam Duvall moving to Atlanta and Ian Kinsler added to the Boston Red Sox.
The 30-year-old Pham has been a member of the Cardinals’ organization since being drafted in 2006. He was batting .248 this season with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs as St. Louis opened the day seven games out of the NL Central lead during a season in which the team has already fired manager Mike Matheny.
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