The Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres are also in the mix. The Giants' meeting with Harper, according to multiple reports, included new President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi and other team executives.
Harper and Machado being unsigned has brought free agency to a relative standstill, with both stars looking for massive contracts that teams have been unwilling to dole out to this point. From what I heard, Harper is not thrilled with playing there. "If he goes to the Phillies, that's probably going to be the most money, but he'd like to be on the West Coast".
If I would have told you at the beginning of this Major League Baseball offseason that, on February 6, we would still be discussing Bryce Harper rumors, you would have thought I was insane. Several sportsbooks in Las Vegas also took their destination bets for Harper off the board, leading people to believe that he had made his decision. If Klentak can sign Harper, betting on the Phillies to win the National League would be like betting on the sun to come up.
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It was once thought that Harper might receive offers worth $400 million, but it's clear that hasn't been the case this offseason. If the Phillies don't land a superstar after the ceaseless speculation dating back to last July, I won't pay to see a single game at Citizens Bank Park in 2019.
Even though Harper hasn't matched his 2015 MVP season in recent years, he remains one of baseball's most unsafe hitters.
Harper had a 1.008 OPS in 2017.
Harper, 26, is coming off a season where he slashed.249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs and a career-high 100 RBI.