JUNKIES: What to make of Harper meeting with Padres

Ben Krimmel
February 01, 2019 - 1:37 pm

A new team emerged from the shadows and made themselves known in the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes.

The San Diego Padres appeared to be the "unidentified team" 106.7 The Fan's Chris Russell reported was set to meet with the free agent outfielder in Las Vegas. 

This brings the potential suitors for the 26-year-old slugger's services to four, with the Padres joining the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Washington Nationals.

Where Harper ends up still remains a mystery, but some are doubting whether the Nationals are really still interested.

"I think you have to throw the Nats in there, if you're Bryce's camp, because that's the floor, right?" Eric Bickel said about the reported 10-year, $300 million offer the Nationals made before free agency began. "I'm not sure the Nats are really still in there."

"But maybe he does have more options than just the Phillies," Bickel said.

While four teams is a bigger market than one, it is rather surprising a player of Harper's quality and age the market isn't larger.

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Many in the media have speculated the small market has lowered the asking price for Harper and allowed a team like the Padres, who finished 66-96 in 2018, to enter the fray. 

The question right now: Does Harper really want to play in San Diego?

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