Another day has brought another twist to the Bryce Harper free agency sweepstakes.
The latest report insists that, amid recent contact, the Washington Nationals are working based off another offer to their free agent outfielder, much different than the one we journalists have been throwing around. Ex-GM Jim Bowden tweeted that Washington's latest offer to Harper is for more than the $300 million and 10 years that we've considered their breaking point.
#Nationals last offer to Bryce Harper was actually “much more than the $300m being reported by the media” according to a source. Apparently, The 10-year $300m offer was actually just the team’s 1st offer to Harper.— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) January 4, 2019
The initial offer that the Nationals made Bryce was a 10-year, $300 million pact, which was eventually declined.
MLB insider Bob Nightengale wrote on Thursday that Harper's friends believe that he prefers to land with the Los Angles Dodgers, even though LA has not made their interest clear in the outfielder, especially not long-term.
If Harper is dead set on going to where he gets the best offer, then he would be better off going back to D.C. if he's going to get over $300 million. I doubt that he's received an offer from another team that's close to what Washington's supposed offer is.