Bryce Harper still remains a free agent and is continuing contract negotiations with teams around the league, including the Philadelphia Phillies. It seems that one of the main issues with Harper's demands has been an opt-out clause, but following Nolan Arenado's new deal with the Rockies, Harper may get what he's after.
Arenado has an opt-out clause in his deal after three seasons, something which the Phillies may extend to Harper in order to lure him to the team. Perhaps Harper doesn't feel comfortable fully committing 10 years to a team without any chance of an exit.
Certainly, Nolan Arenado's opt-out clause after three years may pave the way for the #Phillies to provide opt-out after 2021 to Bryce Harper, which has been one of the sticking points in negotiations.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 26, 2019
The opt-out in Harper's contract would likely come after the 2021 season, according to Bob Nightengale. Harper would be given the option to re-enter free agency if his stint with whatever team lands him, doesn't live up to expectations.
If this is what has been holding up the negotiations from Harper's end, then perhaps he needs to change his stance.
Harper is expected to make his final decision on Friday whether or not there is an opt-out clause in his contract. The 26-year-old has already missed the opening week of Spring Training and will be looking to report to camp as soon as possible.