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Sports Monday: How The Astros Almost Traded For Bryce Harper

We discuss the latest developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke.

Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow says the team nearly had a deal in place to trade for slugger Bryce Harper at the 2018 trade deadline.


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The Astros have reported to spring training amid news that they almost traded for Bryce Harper last season. Last week, The Athletic reported the team’s General Manager Jeff Luhnow said he had a deal in place in principle to acquire Harper at the trade deadline, but the deal failed to “get over the finish line for whatever reason.” Harper still would have become a free agent the season’s end.

Meanwhile, the Rockets are resting at the All-Star break, with injured Clint Capela expected to return to the court Thursday. And the UH Cougars continue to dominate — albeit against some lesser competition in the American Athletic Conference.

In the audio above, Jeff Balke updates us on those and other Houston sports stories. He writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.