Bryce Harper remains a free agent well after fellow free agent star Manny Machado signed his deal with the San Diego Padres. The Philadelphia Phillies have been in talks with Harper and agent Scott Boras following the close of the 2018 season.
Philadelphia appeared to be the heavy favorite to sign the 26-year-old star, until this week. According to multiple reports, the Los Angeles Dodgers re-entered the Bryce Harper sweepstakes after looking like they had fallen off in the race.
Harper reportedly met with the Dodgers over the weekend. The meeting between Harper and the Dodgers has the Phillies worried.
If Los Angeles offers a deal anywhere near what the Phillies offered Harper, he could choose L.A. over Philadelphia.
According to MLB insider Jon Morosi, the Phillies are "concerned" Harper will sign with the Dodgers.
The chance to play close to home could be too good for Harper to take an offer from the Phillies, even if the offer includes more money.
Another snag in the contract negotiations between Philadelphia and Harper reportedly hinge on an opt-out after three years. Harper is seeking an opt-out after three years, but the Phillies have not obliged - yet.
Earlier today, the Colorado Rockies and star Nolan Arenado agreed to an 8-year, $260 million deal with an opt-out after three years.