Bryce Harper will start the season in the minors. This made the most sense as explained by everyone everywhere. For a few weeks, the Nats will gain an extra year of control. For a few months, an extra year of savings. I expect the former and not the latter but that will depend on Bryce.
Once again Mike Rizzo asserted his control of this team. Davey wanted Bryce up. Of course he did. Davey is going to coach a couple of years. Bryce up now gives him the best chance of winning during that time. Why should he care what happens 6 years down the road? He'll be kicking up his feet in some advisory role by that time. But Rizzo cares.
I'm not a stickler on this. In fact usually I say bring the guy up now. Six years is a long time. Who's to know what will happen between now and then, and whether you'll even care about his FA status by the time it rolls around. But we're not talking about the usual player. We're talking about someone universally hailed as a can't miss prospect who has only suffered some minor road bumps on his way to AAA, and he's not yet 20. This is special. Special players have different rules.