Bryce Harper is still a free agent. With spring training rolling on, the 26-year-old is still looking for a new home. As this process drags on, we continue to hear more rumors of where he might wind up. Here’s a look at the latest news on his situation as Wednesday dawns.
Phillies officials are worried
There are multiple $300 million-plus offers
Jon Heyman is reporting the Phillies have offered Harper more than $300 million, but “word is” other teams have offered more than that as well.
The Phillies think they have the high offer but their confidence has been dinged by the emergence of the Dodgers. The San Diego Padresand San Francisco Giants are also potentially involved but it’s unlikely either team has gone over the $300 million mark.
A decision expected this week
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale says Harper expects to decide on a team by the end of the week. The Dodgers’ entrance into the sweepstakes has complicated things but he is still planning to be decided before the week is up.
Padres never made a formal offer
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting the Padres never actually made a formal offer to Harper. They exchanged proposals with Harper’s reps but there was never a formal offer.
Here is the part where I remind you what kind of player Harper is. At 26, he’s in the middle of his prime, won the NL MVP Award in 2015 and has racked up a 30.7 fWAR over his first seven seasons. In 2018, he hit .249 with 34 home runs, 100 RBIs, an OPS of .889 and a 3.5 fWAR. And that was clearly a down year for him.
The kid is easily one of the best players in baseball and it’s insane that he’s still a free agent.