February 26, 2019
The Phillies want Bryce Harper. The Phillies have reportedly made a very big offer to Bryce Harper. The Phillies' owner flew to Las Vegas for an impromptu second meeting with Harper and his team. The Phillies have been courting Bryce Harper for more than four months now.
The Phillies still have not signed Bryce Harper.
Why hasn't this thing wrapped up yet? Well, there could be a lot of reasons. Let's try and make sense of it all.
First, the Phillies — by all accounts — have the highest current bid for the star 26-year-old outfielder. But they aren't bidding against themselves as many have feared. There is at least one other team in the way:
Phillies have offered Bryce Harper over $300M but word is others are over $300M, too. they believe they may have high bid but their confidence to win was dented a tad by emergence of LA (a desired Harper spot). Philly has to decide whether to keep faith or dip into the stupid $— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 26, 2019
Which other team could offer $300 million-plus? Well, it's probably not the Giants or the Dodgers — two teams interested but not willing to exceed the $300 million mark.
Bob Nightengale says it's down to the Phillies (long-term offer), Giants (mid-term offer), and Dodgers (short-term offer) for Bryce Harper— Jon Marks & Ike Reese on 94WIP (@MarksReeseWIP) February 25, 2019
.@BNightengale says he doesn't see the Dodgers going to $40 per season. Nightengale says maybe they go to $35 million per season.— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) February 25, 2019
Who could the mystery team be? The Nationals, his former team, could be the culprit, despite their owner saying just last week that his team had "moved on." They've kept tabs on things and even made a reported $300 million offer way back when this all started, a deal which Harper turned down. Maybe he's considering staying put rather that joining with Philly.
There is an end in sight, at least we think, as USA Today's Bob Nightengale claims the deal — whomever it is with — will get done before the end of the week.
Harper is expected to make his decision by the end of this week, two team executives told USA TODAY Sports. The executives spoke on condition of anonymity because of ongoing negotiations. [USA TODAY]
And so, as of Tuesday, it appears to be a race between four clubs for Harper with Philadelphia's offer being the highest. So basically, it's almost exactly the same as it was back in December.
#WhiteSox #Phillies appear to be most interested in Bryce Harper in terms of breaking contract records which could mean he could end up circling back to the #Nationals at some point…. unless of course something changes dramatically with teams like the #Yankees #Dodgers #Cubs— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) December 13, 2018
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