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Latest on the Bryce Harper sweepstakes: Talks with Phillies 'nearing a crossroads'



The nightmare scenario of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper both landing with Mets rivals in the NL East is not happening. But Harper is still linked to multiple teams in the division, with the Phillies seemingly in a staring contest with him as he and agent Scott Boras entertain offers from other teams. Here's the latest …


Feb. 24, 10:26 AM:

The Phillies "remain confident they are going to sign harper," reports ESPN's Buster Olney, though Olney cites sources who say Harper and the Phillies are "nearing a crossroads" in their talks. Olney adds that a resolution could come on Tuesday.

Feb. 23, 9:36 PM:

In addition to the Phillies, another team supposedly was in Las Vegas talking to Harper on Saturday, per Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman who reports more teams are expected to follow . Heyman added that in addition to the Phillies, the Giants, Padres, Nationals, and perhaps one more team are on Harper, whose price is Heyman adds $ 350 million.

Eartier Saturday, Phillies owner John Middleton left Vegas, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury Sailsbury says talks are continuing, but USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reported the Phillies being in "deep and serious negotiations" with the All-Star, noting that he I didn't want to leave Las Vegas without a deal getting done.

Feb. 22, 9:52 PM:

Phillies owner John Middleton took his private plane to Las Vegas to meet with Harper, per multiple reports, but according to ESPN's Jeff Passan the two sides are not expected to agree to a deal Friday night.

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier this week that Harper is unsure if he wants to play in Philadelphia.

Feb. 22, 10:13 AM:

Washington Nationals owner Marc Lerner has his team removed from the Bryce Harper sweepstakes on Friday.

Lerner told NBC Sports Washington that they have "moved on." "Nothing's changed on our end," he said. "We've moved on. We were back then and we had to. There was no way we could wait around. Bryce, I'm sure will make his decision in the next few days, but we've filled out our roster and like I said, we wish him nothing but the best. "The Nationals offered Harper a 10-year, $ 300 million contract at the start of free agency, which he declined. Lerner, however, would not completely shut the door on Harper.

"But there's always that, the door's cracked a little bit," he said. "I have no clue that this is what they are up to. We really haven't heard from them in a couple months."

Feb. 21, 5:58 PM:

The White Sox are apparently pulling out of the harper sweepstakes as 670 The Score in Chicago reports that the club doesn't make a bid for the star outfielder. Chicago failed in its pursuit of Manny Machado and it appears it's not going to be a huge amount of cash for Harper.

Feb. 21, 12:04 PM:

Harper rejected a $ 300 million dollar deal (with close to $ 100 million in deferrals) from the Nationals during the season, but GM Rizzo said earlier this week that he wasn't ruling out bringing Harper back

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com cited sources who say the Nats have no plans to make a Machado-sized offer to Harper, while Jeff Passan of Yahoo! says to not rule the Nats out until Harper agrees to sign elsewhere.

The belief all offseason has been that the Nats will only bring back Harper if their ownership overrules the recommendation of the baseball department – something Jon Morosi or Fox Sports recently reported

Fe b. 20, 3:40 PM:

Harper has recently turned down multiple offers worth over $ 300 million, reports Jon Heyman or FanCred.

Feb. 20, 12:44 PM:

The Giants have a serious shot to sign Harper, SNY's Andy Martino reported, saying there is a continued sense that they have a legitimate chance, with the Phillies having a tough road to get it done.

Feb. 19, 1:11 PM:

Although the Phillies' pursuit of Harper is serious, "around Harper is that he remains unsure if he wants to play in Philadelphia," reports SNY's Andy Martino, who says the Phillies must convince him to sign there if they want to "save face."

Martino adds that Harper's inconsistency and defensive decline has made many suitors, including the Yankees.

Meanwhile, Phillies GM Matt Klentak was scared off by the $ 300 million contract Manny Machado – another Phillies target – got from the Padres.

"If the reports are true, this contract will exceed our valuation," he said, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic . "Sometimes you have to walk away."


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