The Philadelphia Phillies aren’t waiting for Manny Machado to make up his mind before they meet with the other top free agent on the market Bryce Harper. According to a source close to Harper, the Phillies will be flying out to meet with him in Las Vegas in the next week.
Via NBC Sports:
Even while they negotiate with Machado, the Phillies remain interested in outfielder Bryce Harper, the other megastar on this winter’s free-agent market. In fact, a person close to the player tells NBC Sports Philadelphia that a face-to-face meeting between Harper and Phillies officials is being planned for “the next week or so,” in Harper’s hometown of Las Vegas. Phillies officials met with Harper’s representative, Scott Boras, at the winter meetings in Las Vegas last month. The player was not in attendance at that meeting.
If the Phillies really want him they better be aggressive in pursuing him. If not, the Cubs and his close friend Kris Bryant might just scoop him up. Granted Chicago would have to dump some salary first, but it could happen.