Report: Momentum building for Harper to stay

Ben Krimmel
January 10, 2019 - 8:26 am
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The Bryce Harper sweepstakes is once again heating up. 

There is "momentum building" toward Harper staying with the Washington Nationals, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand

"It's heating up," the source told Feinsand about the race to sign the 26-year old slugger.

This week the Philadelphia Phillies are expected to meet Harper and his agent Scott Boras in Las Vegas. In addition to the Nats and Phillies, Harper's suitors include the White Sox and the Dodgers, though reports suggest Los Angeles' interest would be in a shorter deal

Former Washington GM Jim Bowden reported Friday the Nationals' last offer to Harper was “much more than the $300 (million) being reported by the media.” (The reported offer from the Nationals was 10-years, $300 million.)

Bowden's report of an increased offer put the Nats in the pole position to land Harper. A source told Michael Duarte of NBC Sports LA, "I would be surprised If (Harper) doesn't sign" the upped offer from Washington.

Duarte reported Wednesday evening the Phillies are unlikely to trump the Nats best offer. 

In December, Nationals managing principal owner Mark Lerner told 106.7 The Fan the offer they made was "the best we can do."

"Well, when we met with them and we gave them the offer, we told them, 'This is the best we can do.' We went right to the finish line very quickly,'" Lerner said in December. "And we said, 'If this is of interest to you, please come back to us and we'll see whether we can finish it up.' But we just couldn't afford to put more than that in and still be able to put a team together that had a chance to win the NL East or go farther than that."

Signs are pointing toward a Harper return, but a lot can still change. Especially when a player is represented by Boras.

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