The Philadelphia Phillies were seen by some to be the favorite for star free agent Bryce Harper, but the Washington Nationals' outfielder might not be interested in the franchise.
The Phillies said before the offseason that they were planning on spending a "stupid" amount of money, and that still might happen, but so far, none of the top three free agents - Harper, Manny Machado, Patrick Corbin - have taken the bait.
Now, we have one MLB insider reporting that neither Harper nor Machado seems to like the idea of playing for the Phillies.
"Word is neither player particularly likes Philadelphia and both would have preferred the #Yankees, who have shown little interest in Harper," MLB insider Joel Sherman reports.
From his report:
So the Dodgers and Yankees could offer shorter deals for large annual values and force Harper/Machado to decide whether they want the long money or an all-but-guaranteed chance to win annually and another shot at free agency at, say, age 30 — younger, if outs are included. Word is neither player particularly likes Philadelphia and both would have preferred the Yankees, who have shown little interest in Harper.
Players have usually favored the guaranteed mega-dollars, and that is understandable. The changing complexion of this free-agent class exemplifies how much a player’s status can change in a year or two. So taking the 10-year-ish contract for $300 million-plus is understandable.
The Dodgers are now viewed by some to be the favorite for Harper (thanks, in part, to this Instagram like).
The Nationals seem to remain in serious contention, too. Washington reportedly offered Harper a 10 year, $300 million deal at the end of the regular season. If no team comes over the top with a massive offer, perhaps Harper will land back in D.C.