Bryce Harper arrived at spring training with the same goal he had last season: to make the Washington Nationals' opening-day roster.
This year the 19-year-old outfielder knows manager Davey Johnson is going to give him a chance.
''It's huge to have a manager on your side,'' Harper said Monday. ''I'm really excited to come in here and play. I'm going to come in here, work as hard as I can, keep my mouth shut and play.''
Johnson said he told Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo to ''definitely keep an open mind on this young man.'' Although the Nationals have since signed some veterans to compete for a job, Johnson said Harper is ''still in the mix to have an opportunity.''
That's all Harper wants - an opportunity. He'll need to improve on his play in the outfield, his baserunning and his patience at the plate.
''If I can help them out, I can make the decision harder,'' he said. ''If I can't, then it's going to be easy for them.''
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