Phillies rumors: Opt out holding up Bryce Harper negotiations

Bryce Harper Smash Mouth lead singer Steven Harwell

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We also learned that the Bums - ahem - the Los Angeles Dodgers are trying to woo Harper too.

The hot stove on Major League Baseball top free agent Bryce Harper has begun to pick up in recent days with the Los Angeles Dodgers brass flying to Las Vegas to meet with him and presumably getting back in the mix.

It might be no accident that this second meeting happened quickly after those reports.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, are the latest entrants after seemingly falling out of the race in the early stages of the Harper sweepstakes.

Giants CEO Larry Baer and team president Farhan Zaidi were on the second trip, this time without manager Bruce Bochy. The first time came at the beginning of February.

According to multiple reports, the Giants discussed the possibility of a 10-year contract with Harper. The Dodgers are not considering that kind of contract length but most believe LA is the preferred destination for Harper. Moreover, they traded away two outfielders this offseason already, and, although they subsequently signed A.J. Pollock, it's not like their other outfielders can't be moved around to accommodate Bryce freaking Harper. Unlike the Giants, the Dodgers and Phillies would present Harper with teams that are ready to contend.

If the Phillies don't get Harper, they'll likely go after Craig Kimbrel, but not Dallas Keuchel.

Harper spent the first seven years of his career in Washington, amassing six All-Star appearances and 184 home runs.

Morosi tweeted "Bryce Harper update: Some #Phillies officials have grown concerned Harper will sign with the #Dodgers if they make an offer that comes close to Philly's". He finished 2018 at.293/.393/.496 with 34 homers and 100 RBI.

Harper is easily one of the best players in baseball and it's insane that he's still a free agent.

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