Buster Olney On Where Bryce Harper Could Sign

Bryce Harper takes a second meeting with the Phillies

Other teams known to have met with Harper this winter include the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, with whom Harper spent the first seven seasons of his career.

Philadelphia Phillies managing general partner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas on Friday night to meet with free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper in his hometown, sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan. "But if they say to themselves "We got to win and we got to win now", then Bryce Harper would be the ideal addition".

"I have no clue at this point what they're up to", Lerner said. After a down year both offensively and defensively, he's been holding out for a contract he believes he's worth, but waiting to sign has all but eliminated the Nationals from consideration. Lerner told NBC Sports Washington "We've moved on and there was no way we could wait around". As I said back then and we had to.

The unanimous 2015 NL MVP, which he won at the age of 22, finished 12th in MVP voting in 2017 before getting no votes in 2018.

Any team looking to sign Harper is going to have to pay the big bucks, and will likely need to offer a long-term deal, with at least eight, if not 10 years.

Now, the latest team to drop out of the Harper sweepstakes?

According to Lerner, there hasn't even been a dialogue between the sides in quite some time, but, seemingly contradicting his "moved on" comments, he didn't want to entirely rule out the possibility of a reunion.

Harper could make his decision in the coming days, so stay tuned!



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