It seems just about everyday we hear something different about Bryce Harper and where he's going to sign. One day the Philadelphia Phillies are the favorites, and now the Los Angeles Dodgers are serious contenders, as well as hundreds of other mystery teams that no one can find any evidence of.
Except when you talk to Jon Heyman.
The situation may indeed be open, but when you read the Twitter timeline of Jon Heyman of Fancred, it's natural to think Harper's agent Scott Boras is feeding him this information.
Phillies have offered Bryce Harper over $300M but word is others are over $300M, too. they believe they may have high bid but their confidence to win was dented a tad by emergence of LA (a desired Harper spot). Philly has to decide whether to keep faith or dip into the stupid $— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 26, 2019
You're telling me that several teams have offered Harper over $300 million? If that's the case, why hasn't he been close to signing? I doubt these offers have been on the table just a few days. This kind of info looks like it's straight from an agent.
there's been serious action among calfiornia teams lately. word is the padres checked back in on Bryce following news of LA's surprise emergence. the giants are also in, and one wonders whether even logical LA's renewed interest was triggered a bit by SF (& their former gm Zaidi)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 26, 2019
Oh, so just about all of the California teams are in on Harper? Including the San Diego Padres after they gave Manny Machado a $300 million deal?
there's been a lot of talk lately about teams showing short-term interest, but barring some wild offer (200M-plus, 4 years?), Harper is only considering long-term deals. 1 interested GM said Team Bryce made clear that teams had to profess they'd go long to even get a meeting.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 26, 2019
Aren't the Dodgers only interested in a short-term deal with Harper?
earlier, dodgers were only interested in short-term deal. is it possible they were granted meeting w/o long-term commitment due to desired locale/stage? possible. but as likely LA re-evaluated. short-term deal with certain super high AAV would also be worse for tax in near term.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 26, 2019
Well, according to Heyman, a short-term deal would be worse on the luxury tax right away. Understood, but don't you think the Dodgers thought about that beforehand?
This is a short sample size from the past 24 hours on Heyman's Twitter feed, and if you are a ball club paying any attention to these reports, you might just think this is what Scott Boras wants you to think.
All this hubbub about Harper feels an awful lot like a tactic to raise the price.
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