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Nats GM Rizzo dodges question on long-term talks for Harper

If Bryce Harper's representatives have had real discussions about a long-term contract with the Washington Nationals, general manager Mike Rizzo is not tipping his hand.

Meeting with reporters Monday at baseball's winter meetings, Rizzo deflected a question about whether he's engaged Harper or agent Scott Boras about an extension for the slugger who was the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL MVP.

"It's not like us to discuss anything that we (say) when we're talking to players about anything, so I'm not going to answer any of those kind of questions," Rizzo said. "Those are private discussions between us and the players."

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