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MLB Insider Reveals Why Bryce Harper Doesn't Want To Play For The Phillies

Bryce Harper in the dugout during a Nationals game.

MIAMI, FL - JULY 26: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals in the dugout before the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 26, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Bryce Harper entered his free agency with dreams of getting several massive, $300 million-plus contract offers from a variety of different teams, getting to eventually decide on one of baseball's best franchises.

Instead, only one team has reportedly made a verifiable $300 million offer, and that team, the Washington Nationals, has since moved on, building a World Series contender without him.

Now, this leaves Bryce Harper to choose between the Philadelphia Phillies, who remain interested though it's unclear how big of an offer they've actually made, and, maybe, a couple of other teams.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants are believed to be in on Harper, though reports suggest that neither of those teams are interested in giving the outfielder a big long-term contract.

So, if Harper is committed to signing a 10-year deal, this would leave Harper with the Phillies.

However, NJ.com's Randy Miller is reporting that the Phillies were not among Harper's top choices in free agency. He preferred at least two other teams.

Harper is also reportedly not interested in playing for the Phillies' manager, Gabe Kapler.

"For what it’s worth, my source who is close to Bryce Harper tells me #Dodgers and #Cubs were 1st choices all along and he prefers not to sign with #Phillies. I’ve been hearing all winter that Harper does not want to play for Gabe Kapler due to analytics and quirky personality," he reports.

Reports from the weekend suggested that Harper would be making his decision at some point this week, though that could be doubtful now.

Stay tuned.