Prevailing wisdom: Harper will return to D.C.

Brian Tinsman
November 29, 2018 - 10:12 pm
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The MLB hot stove is barely smoking, but that doesn't stop the rumor mill from firing out hot takes. This report on Bryce Harper is bound to make Washington Nationals fans happy.

According to MLB insider Buster Olney, the prevailing wisdom among unnamed, unspecified baseball executives is that Harper's most likely suiter is the Nats.

This was his speculative tweet from early on Thursday:

It's a great feeling, but plainly means nothing until a deal is reached. The Nats arguably set the basement on the market with a 10-year, $300 million offer earlier in the offseason. Harper's camp was happy with the offer, but super agent Scott Boras believes he can find a 14-year, $500 million deal with advantageous player opt-out clauses. 

Maybe he can, maybe he can't, but one has not yet been offered. But the Boras strategy in the past has been to wring as much money out of teams as possible, even using "mystery teams" and other smoke and mirrors to get teams to bid against themselves.

The Nationals have every baseball and marketing reason to want Harper back, so there's no reason to believe their initial offer was just for show. At this point, it looks like they can sit back and let another team enter the fray before they up the bidding.

 

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