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Bryce Harper informs media he will not discuss impending free agency

Bryce Harper made it abundantly clear with his opening remarks at spring training that reporters should not bother asking him about his impending free agency.

Instead, the Washington Nationals superstar suggested the media should direct any such inquiries to his agent, Scott Boras.

“Just want to let you guys know I will not be discussing anything relative to 2019, at all,” Harper said Monday during his first media session from West Palm Beach, Fla., via MASN. “I’m focused on this year. I’m focused on winning and playing hard, like every single year. So if you guys have any questions about anything after 2018, you can call Scott and he can answer you guys.”

Harper’s free agency will undoubtedly be of huge interest throughout the season, and for good reason. But it’s understandable that the slugger does not want it to serve as a distraction for a Nationals squad that once again can boast realistic championship aspirations, despite the team’s lack of postseason success.

“I think I’ve been lucky enough to play for a great team,” Harper said. “We’ve gotten to the playoffs numerous times. You look at a young guy like (Dan Marino) that gets there their first year and never gets back. It’s tough. You always want to get there and get there and get there, because you might never get back. Every single year you come in here and try to win ballgames and do the things you can to help this team win.

“We all want to come together and pull on the same rope. We do it every single year. We’re expected to win. That’s how it is. We’re expected to win the East. We’re expected to possibly win a pennant, and we’re expected to possibly win a World Series. As a team, I think we’re going to try to do the best we can and do everything possible to win ballgames.”

In other words, any questions about free agency just might inspire Harper to bust out his legendary catchphrase from a few years back.