Will Bryce Harper make his decision this weekend?

Ben Krimmel
January 11, 2019 - 2:18 pm
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There may be answers this weekend. There might be news regarding free agent Bryce Harper coming down the pike.

With representatives from the Philadelphia Phillies heading to Las Vegas for a Weekend at Bryce's, the free agent outfielder may soon announce a decision about where he will spend the next five to 12 years of his career.

"This Phillies meeting is everything," Danny Rouhier said on 106.7 The Fan Friday. "It depends on what they wanna do. Again, when owners get involved, egos get involved, best practices are thrown out the window. There are rumblings of huge offers."

The Nats ownership is already involved, principle owner Mark Lerner told Grant & Danny they made the best offer they could and his father, Ted, met with Harper's representatives for several hours before Christmas.

"Here's what I think is gonna happen: Phillies are gonna put the full court press-on and say, 'What's the best offer? Here's more,'" Rouhier said.

Harper's agent Scott Boras is known for putting maximum pressure on teams during negotiations. The last teams standing for Harper are the Nationals, Phillies, White Sox, and, possibly, the Dodgers. (However, reports indicated Los Angeles was looking for a shorter deal than Harper was looking for.)

"I can't see him doing anything other than the Phillies, the Nationals, or the Dodgers, and it just doesn't seem like LA is willing to jump into the mix," Grant Paulsen said. 

Thursday, reports indicated there was momentum building for Harper to stay in Washington. And a rival executive told Michael J. Duarte of NBC Sports LA the Phillies are unlikely to top the Nats offer and he'll sign with Washington.

However, the Phillies may win the Harper sweepstakes this weekend and USA Today's Bob Nightengale thinks a move to Philly is "more probable than ever before.”

“I still got Bryce Harper going to the Phillies," Nightengale told 94WIP's High Hopes Podcast

Harper, and fellow 26-year-old free agent Manny Machado, remain unsigned, but that soon may come to end. 

"There's a chance we could get an answer this weekend," Paulsen said.

Just five weeks until pitchers and catchers report.

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