Following the San Diego Padres' signing of Manny Machado, it's starting to finally feel as though a Bryce Harper signing is imminent, and it seems that the Dodgers have reaffirmed their interest in his services.
There's a catch, though.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Los Angeles Dodgers' interest in Bryce Harper is still predicated on him signing a short-term deal with the team, a report the world has flip-flopped on multiple times in the past few days.
Only Boras knows exactly who's offered what for Harper; officials involved are left to guess. Among latest shards of info:— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 28, 2019
1. PHI believed by some execs to still have highest $ offer.
2. LAD interest still predicated on shorter-team deal.
3. Giants in heavy, unsure of chances.
This caveat might make a Bryce-to-LA scenario unlikely, considering the free agent superstar has reiterated routinely that he wants a deal north of Machado's 10-year, $300 million contract. A short-term deal would make topping that figure next to impossible.
He's well worth the money, though. With an NL MVP award to his name, Harper has posted an impressive 27.4 bWAR in his seven years of service, been selected to six All-Star Games, and has a .900 career OPS.
The Dodgers also seem to be in competition with the division rival San Francisco Giants.
Source confirms that the Giants indeed met with Bryce Harper and Scott Boras in Las Vegas on Tuesday. @KO_Crowley was first to report the meeting, which is the second between the two parties.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 27, 2019
It will be interesting to see how the Dodgers would react if the Giants pulled ahead in the race for Harper.
For now, though, they seem content to keep their offer short and sweet, no matter the consequences.
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