With Spring training just around the corner, teams interested in landing top free agent Bryce Harper will likely want to get him on board quickly. Though it appears that there is little sense that a deal is particularly close.
However, according to Chris Russell of 106.7 The Fan, this week could be the one where we finally get an answer on Harper’s next team. On Monday, Russell revealed on Twitter that a final decision could come by Thursday.
Russell stated that there “3-4 teams are serious contenders” to land the former MVP. He remained unsure if the Washington Nationals, his current team, are still in contention.
“Decision week for Bryce in Vegas….This could be over by Thursday (Valentine’s Day). Heard no more meetings. 3-4 teams are serious contenders. I assume that still includes Nats but not 100% sure. Heard a week or so ago, they would get final chance to match,” he reports.
Decision week for Bryce in Vegas….This could be over by Thursday (Valentine's Day). Heard no more meetings. 3-4 teams are serious contenders. I assume that still includes #Nats but not 100% sure. Heard a week or so ago, they would get final chance to match. pic.twitter.com/r2gHhClqXU
— Chris Russell (@Russellmania621) February 11, 2019
Harper is coming off his sixth All-Star appearance in seven years as a pro. He was walked an MLB-high 130 times, and had 34 home runs – his most since 2015.
In 2015, Harper led the National League in runs (118) and home runs (42), and led all of baseball in on-base percentage (.460). His strong season that year earned him the National League MVP award, as well as his first Silver Slugger award.
Despite his on-field excellence, teams have appeared to be reluctant to offer him a 10-year mega-deal this past off-season.
The Nationals, Phillies, Giants and Padres have all been linked to Harper, but MLB insiders have mentioned the possibility of some “mystery” teams, too.