It Looks Like Bryce Harper Might Be Staying In D.C

Marcus Newton
January 7, 2019

The Washington Nationals, for whom Harper played between 2012 and 2018 are also interested in reuniting with the right-fielder and are not willing to leave the race for his signature.

With all the uncertainty, especially with fellow free agent Manny Machado on the verge of making his decision, Harper is primed to become the prized signee of the 2018-19 Major League Baseball offseason. Nightengale's details followed Wednesday's contradictory reports from ESPN's Jeff Passan and The Score's Bruce Levine, the former saying the White Sox were willing to guarantee a 10-year deal to Harper and the latter saying the White Sox wouldn't go past seven years with either Harper or Machado.

The report characterized the long-term offer as serious and likely closer to $200 million than $300 million. As one of this offseason's most coveted targets, Machado visited the Phillies and Yankees in addition to the White Sox last month.

For instance, a four-year deal at a guaranteed $160 million ($40 mill per season average) could put Harper back into the free agent market again at age 30.

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Although the Philadelphia Phillies continue to negotiate with free-agent infielder Manny Machado, they're also looking at the other big superstar available on the open market.

Those preferences could mean the White Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies, like the South Siders in on both mega free agents, would have to come to the table with huge contract offers.

What interests Bryce Harper more, winning or more years on a contract?

The Nationals have made it clear they are still in the running to sign Harper and MLB.com's Jamal Collier claims that their $300 million deal over 10-years is the only offer on the table at the moment. "Maybe even into spring training". That could make the Nationals favorites to bring him back for the long term, if indeed the financial offer is substantial enough.

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