Bryce Harper last: Phillies in the lead; Giants and dodgers close?


The end of February has arrived and, believe it or not, Bryce Harper is still a free agent.

Will this circus really come in March?

Here are all the latest rumors and reports you need to know, as well as a summary of a crazy week surrounding the Harper pursuit by the Phillies:

Thursday, February 28 – Phillies, Harper "significantly" separated on dollars

Thursday, February 28 – Phillies is no longer the favorite?

Throughout the winter, USA Today's Bob Nightengale said confidently that the Phillies would disembark from Bryce Harper. He now seems to be giving up on this prediction, with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants increasing their offerings.

By Nightengale:

The Phillies, considered the big favorites all winter, always have the highest offer on the table, but may be outside. They are beginning to wonder if Harper will ever sign, no matter how much they continue to offer.

Thursday, February 28 –– Decision to come?

It looks like a decision was made yesterday and the Phillies were considered favorites. Things may have changed dramatically, but we could finally know where Harper is going to sign.

By Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic:

… the Giants hope realistically, if not optimistically, that they welcome Harper to their clubhouse. According to those who have been in direct contact with Harper, he would plan to sign with a club no later than this weekend.

Thursday, February 28 – Phillies still in the driver's seat?

Wednesday, February 27 – Harper discusses ten-year agreements with giants

Wednesday, February 27 – Phillies believe their chances are "far away"

Wednesday, February 27 – Giants met with Harper on Tuesday

Wednesday, February 27 – Three-team race

Tuesday, February 26 – Dodgers, a real risk for Phils?

Tuesday, February 26 – The Rockies would have finalized a $ 255 million, 8-year contract with Nolan Arenado, with a three-year disengagement clause

Tuesday, February 26 – The Phillies are not the only team to offer more than $ 300 million

Tuesday, February 26 – Angelo Cataldi signals that a three-year withdrawal is a hurdle for Harper at the Phillies

Monday, February 25th: USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that Harper's choice is limited to three teams: the Phillies, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. Here's how Nightengale sees the decision fall apart:

Really, it's very simple here. If Harper wants the most money, the Phillies are probably his team. If he wants to visit an iconic franchise near his home in Las Vegas, but is not afraid to leave about $ 200 million on the table, he will choose the Dodgers. He wants to stay in the West, but that he may not be afraid to play for a team that is about to begin rebuilding, and to play in a stadium that might suffocate. his statistics he will go to San Francisco.

Take out the Giants, for the reasons Nightengale expounds, and it will be the Dodgers or the Phillies. When will Harper decide? Nightengale says it will be here by the end of the week.

Monday, February 25 – The Phillies are the only team to negotiate a long-term deal with Harper

Monday, February 25 – "The opportunity of the Dodgers could exist if, and only if, the Phillies were not willing to exceed $ 300 million for Harper."

Monday, February 25 – Dodgers ready to explore a short-term deal with "AAV monster"

Monday, February 25 – Dodgers interested in a short-term deal with Harper

Friday, February 22 – Middleton flies to Vegas

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