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Bryce Harper Appears To Be Getting Close To A Final Decision

bryce harper hits a home run during the nlds

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 06: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Three of the National League Division Series at AT&T Park on October 6, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Bryce Harper has had a longer-than-expected free agency, as the star outfielder has remained unsigned at the start of spring training, but according to the latest reports, that could be on the verge of changing.

The All-Star right fielder is reportedly deep in negotiations with the Philadelphia Phillies, who have been linked to the Las Vegas, Nevada native throughout the offseason.

Reports surfaced late on Saturday night, claiming that Harper and the Phillies could have things wrapped up by Tuesday.

From ESPN.com:

Negotiations between the Philadelphia Phillies and Bryce Harper could be resolved by Tuesday, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

The Phillies remain confident that they are going to sign Harper, but sources told Olney that the sides are nearing a crossroad in their negotiations.

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Phillies managing general partner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for meetings with the Harper camp on Friday, sources previously confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Those discussions continued into Saturday before Middleton departed.

USA TODAY MLB insider Bob Nightengale, meanwhile, believes this could be wrapped up earlier than that.

"Philadelphia #Phillies owner John Middleton still in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper negotiations and optimism now is that 10-year deal with Bryce Harper is finalized by Monday afternoon," he reported late on Saturday night.

Harper has also been linked to the Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres this offseason, though it's unclear if any of those teams are still involved.