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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Bryce Harper told the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore he wants to be "as big as a house" next spring training, telling the beat reporter he will be lifting weights as often as possible.
According to the Nationals website, Harper weighs an even 230 pounds. How much does a house weigh? A 240-pound Harper could do some serious damage. Let me explain.
Harper isn't as fast as people think
A little comparison over the last two seasons: Bryce Harper has 29 steals in 257 games. Mike Trout has 82 steals in 296 games. Harper's speed does show itself more in the field, but I would never call him blazing fast around the base paths. So if you're worried a drastic weight gain will alter Harper's playing style, I'd say you're mistaken. He will still try and turn singles into doubles. It's not like he's going to turn into Adam Dunn overnight.
The Nationals lacked some power in 2013
The 2012 NL East champs mashed 194 homers. The 2013 Nationals only hit 161, ranking 13th in the MLB. Adam LaRoche was the de facto slugger during the Nationals postseason run. It now looks like his days of offensive dominance are probably over.
Becoming a slugger would make Harper more of a leader
Kudos are due to Harper. He sees a void in the Nationals lineup. There really is no true cleanup power hitter. Harper is bringing it upon himself to be the most feared bat in the lineup each and every night. And remember that time he insinuated he wanted to be more vocal, and said some of his teammates weren't playing with heart? If in 2014 he's leading the Nats in home runs -- a team he would entering his third season with -- Harper should have every right to call out his teammates in the locker room and publicly. A bigger Bryce Harper would only help the Nationals.