With Manny Machado now off the board to the Padres, all eyes are on Bryce Harper. Harper is the final big prize on this year's free agent market.
For a few days now, it has seemed like the Philadelphia Phillies are in the lead for Harper. Philly is reportedly willing to exceed $300 million with its overall offer, but no deal has been agreed to.
Philadelphia is a team on the rise after several years rebuilding. They've already traded for star catcher J.T. Realmuto this offseason and their fans have been counting on a free agent splash.
Harper would certainly be that, but when Philly GM Matt Klentak was asked about the 26-year-old slugger this afternoon, he tried to caution against a "Bryce or bust" approach at this juncture.
Well, Klentak may be saying it isn't Harper or nothing, but if Bryce winds up in Chicago or San Francisco (or even back in Washington), a lot of Phillies fans will be disappointed.
Harper is coming off his sixth All-Star appearance in seven career seasons. He set career-highs in walks and RBI in 2018.
Harper won the NL MVP Award in 2015.