Cubs Rumors: Bryce Harper decision expected in the coming days?

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The Dodgers re-entered the bidding for Harper with interest in a short-term contract.

Harper is seeking a long-term deal and, despite being unsigned just over a month before the start of the season, has given no indication that he is willing to change that demand, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

The Philadelphia Phillies have remained in pursuit of Harper for months, and many assumed that they would land him when Manny Machado agreed to a historic free-agent contract.

Remember that report from two nearly weeks ago that said Harper had made his decision?

This might be the most logical explanation for why Harper has yet to make a decision. The development throws another twist into the chase for Harper, which had appeared to be down to the Phillies, Giants, White Sox and Nationals, though Philadelphia had appeared to be the heavy favorite to sign the outfielder.

While it's going to be hard for Philadelphia fans to hold in their excitement over the next 24-48 hours waiting to see how this situation plays out, just because negotiations are seriously heating up doesn't necessarily mean it's guaranteed to happen.

To be sure, the Dodgers did recently add A.J. Pollock to the outfield, but when it comes to Bryce Harper, no big market team should let the composition of their existing outfield - or short-term financial considerations - stop them from making a play if they can land the 26-year-old generational talent.

Harper already has turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals, who have all but said they are out of the running for the six-time All-Star who has spent his seven major league seasons with Washington. San Francisco has been viewed as a legitimate contender for Harper over the last few weeks. "I would say that teams have checked in that we haven't heard much of, or anything of, but whether they are really a true mystery team that has a real shot, I wouldn't vouch for it".

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