Barring an unbelievable comeback combined with an epic collapse by a postseason contender, the Washington Nationals will not be playing October baseball. And that means superstar Bryce Harper could be entering his final homestand in the nation's capital.
With that in mind, it's time to start thinking about where Harper is going to sign this offseason. He's set up to get a historically large contract, but who are the favorites to make this happen? Well, one bookmaker has some odds for you:
What team will Bryce Harper sign with this offseason? Odds via @BovadaOfficial:— OddsShark (@OddsShark) September 19, 2018
Red Sox +900
Giants +1500 pic.twitter.com/1XulxzvOAi
According to Bovada, the Chicago Cubs are the favorites at +150, while Harper's own Nationals only have the fifth-best odds at an anxious +700.
The Cubs make sense on a couple fronts. We know they have deep pockets and can actually foot the $400 million tab that it will likely take to sign Harper. On top of that, the five-tool star is good friends with former MVP Kris Bryant, whom he grew up alongside in Las Vegas.
Bryce Harper odds: Cubs favorite to sign soon-to-be free agent slugger this offseason; oddsmakers have Nationals fifth https://t.co/jQUAJpwdEJ— CBS Sports MLB (@CBSSportsMLB) September 20, 2018
The Los Angeles Dodgers (+350), New York Yankees (+450) and Philadelphia Phillies (+650) all have higher odds than the Nationals. All three franchises play in big markets and have the means to sign a player of his caliber to a mega-deal. And they all have boasted better records than the Nets pretty much all season long.
We shouldn't underestimate Harper wanting to return to D.C. The Nats may not be able to offer the biggest bag of money, but as long as they are close to the highest bidder, don't be shocked if he's back wearing the curly W on his cap.
But for now, it's okay to feel uneasy if you're among the Washington faithful.