The Philadelphia Phillies are believed to be the team offering Bryce Harper the most money in free agency, but that contract might not be big enough to land the All-Star outfielder.
Harper, 26, is reportedly seeking a 10-year deal worth more than $300 million. Manny Machado signed a 10 year, $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres and Harper certainly wants to top that. He likely wants to top the $325 million contract Giancarlo Stanton received, too.
The Phillies, though, are reportedly holding strong in a range less than that.
MLB insider Dan Duquette revealed today that Philadelphia has been in the $270 million to $300 million range for Harper.
"The Phillies have been around 270-300 million and they haven't moved," he said. "And that's not going to get it done."
The Phillies are reportedly growing pessimistic about their chances of landing Harper.
"They have a feeling that they're not as likely to get him."
The Giants or the Dodgers could now be the team offering Harper the most money. If true, it's likely San Francisco, as Los Angeles is reportedly unwilling to give Harper a really longterm deal, preferring something shorter with bigger average annual value.
USA TODAY MLB insider Bob Nightengale had some details earlier today:
The Phillies and Giants have offered 10-year contracts worth at least $300 million, while the Dodgers have discussed a shorter-term contract that would obliterate Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke’s $34.3 million average salary.
Harper is believed to be getting close to a final decision, though his free agency has been anything but predictable at this point.