Bryce Harper is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. The further the Washington Nationals slip out of playoff contention, the more likely it is he will be in a different jersey in 2019.
One club Harper could end up on is the Philadelphia Phillies. Not only do they have a ton of money to spend, they’re already a good team, currently sitting in first place in the National League East.
According to Jayson Werth, Harper is considering Philly and even asked his former teammate about playing in Philadelphia, via Jerry Crasnick:
What would Jayson Werth say if Bryce Harper asked him about Philadelphia as a free agent destination?
“I think he already has asked me about Philadelphia,” Werth told reporters today.
So what did Werth tell him?
“Isn’t that tampering?” Werth said.
In a followup to the Harper #Phillies free agency question, Werth did pass along his fondness for Citizens Bank Park to his former #Nationals teammate. “It’s a great place to hit,” Werth said. “I’ve always loved hitting here. I shared that among other things about this place.”
The Phillies would be a good destination for anybody looking for a good young team with plenty of money to spend. Harper would be smart to get out of Washington.