Mark Brown/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly "checked in" on the availability of Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in advance of Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline Tuesday.According to NBC LA's Michael J. Duarte Joey Wendle Jersey , the Nationals "are still undecided on if they want to sell, but if they do, L.A. is a likely destination."Yahoo Sports'Jeff Passanreported Thursday that the Nationals "have started discussions with teams to gauge interest if they decide to sell." According to Passan,impending free-agent relieversKelvin Herrera, Shawn Kelley and Ryan Madson have been "of particular interest."If the Nationals opt to sell鈥攁 decision that will be made by the end of the weekend , per Passan鈥擧arper would undoubtedly cost inquiring teams a king's ransom despite his lackluster consistency.Through 437 plate appearances this year, the 2015 National League MVP has slashed .216/.364/.476 with 25 home runs, 60 RBI, 113 strikeouts and 81 walks.The Dodgers, who currently lead the NL West at 57-46 , already made a major splash this summer by swinging a deal for contract-year shortstop Manny Machado. Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesAfter a number of MLB players have recently apologized for posting racially insensitive and homophobic tweets in the past, Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle discussed the topic during a lengthy Twitter thread Monday."It's been a tough couple of weeks for baseball on twitter," Doolittle wrote (warning: thread contains profanity). "It sucks to see racist and homophobic language coming from inside our league鈥攁 league I'm so proud to be a part of that I've worked really hard to make a more accepting and inclusive place for all our fans to enjoy."Doolittle went on to say athletes shouldn't shy away from using Twitter as a platform to engage with fans but instead be more mindful of the platform they're afforded:"It's a reminder that words matter, and that the impact the of words matter more than the intent. Rather than feeling like this platform makes us targets and we have to censor ourselves, find a way to use the platform to lift others up and make a positive impact.It can be tough for athletes to understand why these words are so hurtful. Most of us have been at the top of the food chain since HS , immune to insults. When all you've known is success and triumph it can be difficult to empathize with feeling vulnerable or marginalized."During the 2018 MLB All-Star Game, Twitter users discovered racist and homophobic tweets Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader sent when he was 17. Haderapologizedafter the game, and MLBrequired himto attended sensitivity training.More recently, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb and Nationals shortstop Trea Turner apologized after offensive comments they made years ago resurfaced. The Braves released a statement condemning Newcomb's statements, and Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo did the same for Turner:Atlanta Braves BravesStatement from the Atlanta Braves regarding Sean Newcomb: T9kP9TF5d1Washington Nationals NationalsStatement from Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo: mqFa24aix2The Braves have a four-game series against the New York Mets that starts Thursday.'sMark Bowmanreported Newcomb will meet with Billy Bean Matt Andriese Jersey , MLB's ambassador of inclusion, while Atlanta is in New York for that series.It's unclear whether Turner will have a similar meeting with Bean or other MLB officials. The Nationals will be in New York on Aug. 24, when they begin a three-game set with the Mets.

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