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Rizzo: Nats made offer to Bryce Harper late in season

The Washington Nationals made an offer to Bryce Harper late in the season in an attempt to reach a deal before he became a free agent.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras at the general managers' meetings on Tuesday.

"We've had conversations and we utilized our exclusivity to negotiate with him late in the season through when he became eligible to sign with a team," Rizzo said. "We didn't get anything done, but he's a guy that is near and dear to us and we are not closing any doors."

Harper, who turned 26 last month, is expected to receive the largest contract among the 164 free agents. He is a...

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