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Bryce Harper on future with Nationals: ‘I’d absolutely love to be here’

Bryce Harper is in the midst this week of potentially his last home series in D.C. as a member of the Washington Nationals. While much has left to be decided — both by the Nationals and Harper — the superstar slugger spoke of his fondness for the organization and town.

During a remarkably open discussion on Monday, Harper indicated that so long as he’s in the Nationals’ long-term plans — which at this stage is not for certain — he’d be perfectly happy remaining in D.C. as opposed to starting over in a new MLB town.

“I’ve always said: If I’m in those plans, I’d absolutely love to be here,” Harper said, via The Washington Post. “But if I’m not, there’s nothing I can do about it. There’s nothing I can do. I would love to play next to Robles or Soto or [Adam] Eaton. I’d love to. But am I in those plans? I have no idea.”

There obviously will be no shortage of suitos once the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes shift into high gear. Several teams have been mentioned as big-time players in acquiring Harper. The Phillies have long been believed to be among the front-runners to sign Harper. The Yankees are expected to be major players as well, for myriad reasons.

Along with the Phillies and Yankees, the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants and Braves are also teams who have been mentioned as being interested in securing Harper’s services. And it would be presumptuous to assume the Nationals don’t have a chance of keeping Harper in the fold, either. And it would appear at least from Harper’s comments Monday that may be his preference, at least publicly.

“So when I talk about D.C., I get giddy. I get happy,” Harper said. “Because it’s me. It’s what I know. I don’t know anything else. I don’t know what it feels like to play for the Dodgers. I don’t know what it feels like to play for the Yankees. I don’t know what it feels like to play for anybody that you look at. I don’t know!