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
Source: The Phillies are still engaged on Bryce Harper, but by the end of last night the teams were still "significantly" separated in dollars. Harper would like to beat the Stanton affair.
– Andy Martino (@martinonyc) February 28, 2019
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.
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?
Only Boras knows exactly who offered what for Harper; the officials involved are left to guess. Among the latest pieces of information:
1. The IHP estimates that the dollar supply remains high.
2. The interest of the DAL always rests on a shorter team agreement.
3. Giants are heavy, uncertain of chances.
– Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 28, 2019
Wednesday, February 27 – Harper discusses ten-year agreements with giants
The Giants are not positioning themselves as a short term solution for Bryce Harper. According to sources, the two sides discussed a 10-year deal. History: https://t.co/P3fbVWeBLc
– Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) February 27, 2019
Wednesday, February 27 – Phillies believe their chances are "far away"
A source indicates that the #Phillies believe that their chances of reaching Bryce Harper are low. The obvious question is whether they would pivot to Keuchel and / or Kimbrel. According to our interview with Matt Klentak, I think they will not play on Keuchel and only maybe on Kimbrel.
– Steve Phillips (@StevePhillipsGM) February 27, 2019
Wednesday, February 27 – Giants met with Harper on Tuesday
Wednesday, February 27 – Three-team race
Who will sign Bryce Harper? (@betonline_ag)
Los Angeles Dodgers 2/3
Philadelphia Phillies 11/10
San Francisco Giants 12/1 pic.twitter.com/WIwn37y3AZ
– SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) February 27, 2019
Tuesday, February 26 – Dodgers, a real risk for Phils?
Bryce Harper update: Some #Phillies officials have become concerned Harper will sign with the #Dodgers if they make an offer that is close to that of Philly. The opportunity to play near his home and train in Arizona calls on Harper, who is a @Lakers fan. @MLB @MLBNetwork
– Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 26, 2019
Tuesday, February 26 – The Rockies would have finalized a $ 255 million, 8-year contract with Nolan Arenado, with a three-year disengagement clause
Breakdown: Third baseman Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies are finalizing an eight-year contract extension worth more than $ 255 million, ESPN sources told the league. Deal includes a disengagement after three years, would give Arenado the highest annual salary of all positions.
– Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 26, 2019
Tuesday, February 26 – The Phillies are not the only team to offer more than $ 300 million
The Phillies have offered Bryce Harper more than $ 300 million, but others are also making more than $ 300 million. they believe that they can have a high bid but their confidence to win has been slightly diminished by the emergence of LA (a Harper's desired place). Philly must decide to keep the faith or dive into the stupid $
– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 26, 2019
There has been serious action among the calfiornia teams recently. The news is that the padres have checked on Bryce after the surprise announcement of Los Angeles emergence. the giants are also present, and one wonders even if the renewed interest of Los Angeles (logic) was a little triggered by SF (and their former GM Zaidi)
– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 26, 2019
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
The reported entry of the Dodgers into the Harper group is interesting with respect to the pursuit of the Giants, although both teams would be interested only in short-term contracts. According to one source, the Phillies remain the only team to talk to Harper about a real long-term deal.
– Mark Feinsand (@ Feinsand) February 25, 2019
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."
– MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) February 25, 2019
Monday, February 25 – Dodgers ready to explore a short-term deal with "AAV monster"
#Dodgers near the first threshold of $ 206 million in luxury taxes. AAV Monster for Harper on a short-term deal would put them considerably above, but they are at least willing to explore an idea. Note: the largest guarantee to an external free agent under Friedman -Pollock at $ 55 million. https://t.co/RQyGbKxJ2j
– Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 25, 2019
Monday, February 25 – Dodgers interested in a short-term deal with Harper
– Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 25, 2019
Friday, February 22 – Middleton flies to Vegas
A source in Las Vegas tells me that Phillies owner John Middleton's plane is on the ground in this city. Vegas is the hometown of Bryce Harper. No other details, but the discussions are clearly underway.
– Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) February 23, 2019