Huge advancements have reportedly been made in the Bryce Harper free agency saga. The free agent outfielder, who is being pursued by multiple organizations, met with LA Dodger representatives early this week, with the NL team sneaking back into contention for Harper.
The Dodgers and Harper may disagree on the length of Harper’s next contract. The former National outfielder has received an offer of 10 year, $300,000,000. This represents the long term contract that he desires. The Dodgers are reported to only be interested in offering Harper a shorter offer, with media outlets suggesting a five year deal to be the longest that the Dodgers are willing to offer. Some outlets have even suggested that an offer was made to Harper, giving he and his agent just 24 hours to decide, or the offer was off the table.
The Philadelphia Phillies were the frontrunner to land Harper before Monday. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Phillies organization remained unphased by the Dodgers links, and claimed that the “Phillies remain confident they are going to sign” Bryce Harper this offseason.
Regardless of who gets the services of Harper, it looks as if we will know sooner rather than later. The outfielder has suggested that he is planning on making a decision this week, with the Dodgers and Phillies looking like the clearcut favorites to land Harper.
Bryce Harper has played 7 seasons in the MLB, and at just 26 years old, he is one of the hottest prospects on the free agency market this offseason. After Manny Machado chose to sign with the San Diego Padres, Harper was the biggest fish left in the free agency sea. In his seven seasons, Harper has hit 184 home runs and 521 RBI’s, and has raked in the awards, including 2012 NL Rookie of the Year, and 2015 NL MVP.