Bryce Harper remains unsigned in free agency, as Major League Baseball quickly approaches Spring Training, but at least one MLB insider believes the All-Star outfielder is down to two teams and could be making a decision soon.
USA TODAY MLB insider Bob Nightengale believes it’s become a two-team race for Harper, who has been linked to several different MLB franchises over the past couple of months. Harper is seeking a massive contract in free agency, but the 10 year, $300-$400 million offers don’t seem to be there.
The Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants are the two teams Nightengale believes are still in it for Harper.
“Right now I really do think it’s the Giants and the Phillies. It’s a two-team race here,” Nightengale told KNBR.
The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been mentioned for Harper, too, though Nightengale believes they’re out.
The Giants are reportedly interested in offering Harper a massive short-term contract, while the Phillies could give him the long-term deal he’s seeking.
“The big thing (for the Giants) I think is proximity. I think the fact that it’s an iconic franchise, you’ve got 40,000 fans a game, always electricity and buzz there. And you can be the face of the franchise, and you can be the modern day Barry Bonds. Bonds meant so much to the Giants back then, and (Harper) wants to be that guy now. So I think a lot of things,” Nightengale said.
“I think the tradition of the organization and the fact that he’s never won a playoff round, and this franchise won three World Series in five years.”