Report: Bryce Harper has met with Nats representatives 'multiple times'

Josh Luckenbaugh
January 02, 2019 - 11:24 am
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The Nationals still have more than a fighting chance to re-sign Bryce Harper, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

In a column posted Wednesday, Passan writes, "Harper has met multiple times with representatives of the Washington Nationals, according to a club source, and the possibility of a return to the place he spent the first seven years of his career persists, despite Nationals owner Mark Lerner's insistence that Washington would not stretch beyond the $300 million offer Harper rejected near season's end."

As of now, Passan reports the only teams besides the Nats willing to offer Harper a contract of 10 years or more are the Phillies and White Sox.

"Harper's willingness to wait for a contract he deems suitable is real, according to a source who said he could see Harper's free agency stretching into February," wrote Passan. 

The Nats have conducted their business this offseason as if Harper is not coming back, adding two catchers, bolstering their starting rotation and bullpen and bringing back Matt Adams to back up Ryan Zimmerman at first base.

However, this report indicates they have not given up all hope of bringing Harper back to Washington, nor has the slugger crossed the Nats off his list.

UPDATE (3 P.M.)

According to Chelsea Janes of The Post, Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, met with Nationals owner Ted Lerner "for five hours on the Saturday before Christmas." The elder Lerner previously served as the club's managing principal owner, but ceded that control to his son, Mark Lerner, last June.

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