Phillies owner John Middelton flew out to Las Vegas this weekend in an attempt to close a deal with free agent Bryce Harper. He left on Sunday with the team optimistic that they could close the deal with Harper on Monday.
Early Monday morning, news broke that the Dodgers have reentered the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes. Although it’s also reported that Los Angeles still wants to sign him to a short term deal. Harper is still looking for a long term deal.
Sources: The Dodgers are back in the mix for Bryce Harper. Club officials, including manager Dave Roberts, were seen in Las Vegas on Sunday. https://t.co/cBRqZx4kOO
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) February 25, 2019
From the start, Bryce Harper has sought a decade-long-plus deal. There is no indication, sources said, that has changed. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have long been opposed to very long-term deals. Still, the Dodgers’ emergence has thrown a fascinating wrench into these negotiations.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 25, 2019
The Dodgers are only back in the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes if they are now willing to sign him to a long term deal. The other possibility is that Harper wants to go the LeBron route and start getting himself into all things Los Angeles outside of the sport he plays.
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