Bryce Harper Probably Won't Start 2012 In The Bigs And Other MLBullets

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  • Uber prospect Bryce Harper is expected to start the year in the Minor Leagues, despite Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson's strong desire to break camp with Harper on the roster. Harper, just 19, could probably provide some value for the Nats this year, but there's simply too much to be gained by keeping him down for at least a month to start the year. Namely, doing so will ensure that Harper doesn't reach free agency until after 2018. If they started the season with him on the 25-man roster (and he stayed on the roster all year), he'd be a free agent after 2017. That's a whole lot to give up in exchange for a mere month of play this year. The Nats are doing the right thing.

Brett Taylor is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and a Contributor here at Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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