Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

‘Bank On It’: Phillies Lead Race To Sign Bryce Harper, Report Says

‘Bank On It’: Phillies Lead Race To Sign Bryce Harper, Report Says

Harper, 26, turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Washington Nationals on September 26.

Putting Harper at first would allow the Yankees to keep their outfield intact and most importantly, keep Aaron Judge in right field.

It appears if Middleton is serious, Harper is there for the taking - and unless the team blows it, should end up in a Phillies' uniform.

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Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is the highest-paid player in baseball with a 13-year, $325 million deal.

It might not be today, but a recent story strongly suggested that when Bryce Harper does eventually sign a mega-deal this offseason, it will indeed be with Phillies.

Powerful agent Scott Boras pulled into the GM Meetings on Wednesday with many different messages about how baseball can improve its product and marketing approach, notably chastising owners who he believes are tanking games and seasons for personal profit.

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"I remember they put out that same thing about Mark Teixeira in October or November (2008)", Boras said. "It's historical. It's elite". "And it has inspirations that deal with great shoes and great hair".

Wherever Harper ends up, we know there's one place he won't land: NY. The San Francisco Giants are among a handful of teams reportedly targeting Harper this offseason.

The Los Angeles Dodgers attempted to acquire Bryce Harper before the non-waiver trade deadline in July and again in August when they claimed him off waivers. The deal did not include a no-trade clause, per the same report. "For an owner to know the rocket ship of economic opportunity is just blasting off because the player is just entering the prime of his career". While Sabean's Hall-of-Fame candidacy remains strong, Bochy, after losing 187 games these past two seasons, is suddenly an under.500 (1,926-1,944.498 win. pct.) manager for his career.

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