Nationals Rumors: Nats still in on Bryce Harper after December meeting

Nationals Rumors: Nats still in on Bryce Harper after December meeting

Nationals Rumors: Nats still in on Bryce Harper after December meeting

A source close to the player reportedly informed the publication about a potential meeting between the right-fielder and his representatives with the Phillies hierarchy.

Harper could get injured and lose his overall effectiveness, even his entire career, next year and that money is still his. Washington did not meet with Harper during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Harper feels about Philadelphia. On Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN mentioned the Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies were two teams that were willing to guarantee a 10-year deal to Harper.

The Dodgers and Andrew Friedman do a very good job of not letting anything leak out to the media but members of the front office have already paid a visit to Bryce Harper so that should be a clear indication that the Dodgers are seriously interested in signing him.

The Manny Machado saga looks nearly certain to conclude before fellow in-demand free agent Bryce Harper's, after interested teams stepped up their pursuit three days into the New Year. However, they were also not willing to entertain the player's demands and were planning to offer a short-term deal with a larger average annual income.

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Next week's meeting appears to be the first face-to-face between Harper and members of the Phillies brass since Harper hit the open market.

The longer that the free agent saga plays on into the off-season the better the chances are for the Dodgers. Remember that both of these guys were expected to get record-breaking deals when they started free agency, perhaps joining Giancarlo Stanton as baseball's only $300 million men or Mike Trout, Zack Greinke, David Price and Miguel Cabrera as guys making $30 million a year.

What interests Bryce Harper more, winning or more years on a contract? Maybe they end up the only team willing to hand out the richest contract in baseball history.

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