In the meantime, Harper will continue to field offers from other teams in hopes of landing a record-setting deal.
It's likely Harper won't be back in Washington after the Nationals star reportedly turned down a massive offer from them, and the 25-year-old probably will seek a lucrative, long-term deal. They can not wait for Harper to make his decision - which many in the industry believe will come no sooner than the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas next month - and miss out on the market. The Yankees would have had to find a way to jam Harper into their lineup, possibly by playing him at first base. But the Dodgers could have a change of heart.
This year's MLB free agent class has been hyped up as one of the biggest in league history.
Jim Salisbury of NBCSP says "the general consensus at the general managers meetings is that the Phillies will win the Bryce Harper sweepstakes".
Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors predicted last week that Harper would sign a 14-year/$420 million contract. It will cost them roughly $US13 million. Even though Harper is still only 26, a 14-year deal with an average annual value of $30 million per season felt a bit excessive.
Harper's contract season of 2018 was a mixed bag. "He has done a lot in the game already, and he is just scratching the surface". The six-time All-Star and 2015 NL MVP boasts 184 homers, 521 RBIs and a.900 OPS during his six-year career in Washington.
If the Phillies have indeed signed Harper, it would give them one of the best players baseball has seen in this generation.
Agent Scott Boras said Wednesday night that he officially opened "Harper's Bazaar", and estimated a contract worth $400 million-$500 million would be needed to land the slugger.