10:00 am: The interest of the Dodgers for Harper is still on a short-term pact, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Harper and Constable Scott Boras are still considering a long-term deal. Mark Feisand from MLB.com tweets that the Phillies are the only team currently negotiating a "real" long-term deal with Harper and his agent Boras. The Giants, like the Dodgers, are still interested only in shorter terms than the 10-year supply that Philadelphia would be willing to put on the table.
7:38: The Dodgers jumped into the Bryce Harper Jesse Sanchez, of MLB.com, said during a meeting with him and held a meeting with him no later than last night (via Twitter). Dodger officials, including director Dave Roberts, were seen in Las Vegas to meet Harper. Per Jeff Passan and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN (Twitter connections), the Dodgers resumed contact with Harper camp two weeks ago, although at the time they still hoped to get Harper a shorter-term deal. However, Harper has been looking for at least a 10-year contract and has not departed from this idea, notes Passan.
Although it has not been made clear that the Dodgers are now ready to present a decade (or more) offer, the meeting is nevertheless remarkable at this time in the saga of Harper's free agents. Over the weekend, Phillies owner John Middleton also visited Harper in his hometown. According to reports, he was optimistic about the possibility of finalizing a 10-year contract with Harper tonight. That might still be true, but the question for many spectators was whether the Phillies were defending themselves against themselves. This no longer seems to be the case, the Vegas meeting between the Dodgers and Harper suggesting a rather sincere interest on their part.
Los Angeles has already added an unusually popular item this winter, signing ONE J. Pollock a four-year contract valued at US $ 55 million and hiring Harper would give them a new right-field player to accompany their new center player. It is also difficult to mix the outside field a bit, leaving only one place with Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger need bats there. Of course, Bellinger could also have time at first base, although this is done at the expense of the 2018 escape slugger play time Max Muncy.
That said, the Dodgers are never proud to cultivate extreme levels of depth, and bringing Harper into the fold would create an extraordinarily deep mix of offensive options for Roberts. Of course, the Dodgers would also have explored agreements involving Pederson this winter as well, and Harper's signature could also prove to be a harbinger of another player's trade.
The Dodgers already traded Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood What appeared to be a transaction that opened up both the space on the list and the luxury tax to a possible addition of Harper, but the only notable signature they have made since this exchange is the four-year pact concluded by Pollock. The addition of Harper would definitely push the Dodgers into luxury tax territory, as they are already only about $ 4 million from this threshold, according to Jason Martinez of Roster Resource.