Accepting anything less than $300M would be a loss for Harper

Wendy Adams
February 26, 2019 - 11:59 am

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There have been two big-name free agents in Major League Baseball this offseason: Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Just last week, the San Diego Padres and Machado agreed to a 10-year, $300 million contract, making it the biggest free agency deal in American sports history.

Now, all eyes are on Harper. 

MLB Network's Jon Heyman joined Dukes and Bell on Tuesday and said that the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants are the main players. However, he's heard that as many as five teams are still in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. 

"I don't like to say that anything's done until it's actually done," Heyman said. "We do know the Phillies have the dumb, stupid money as they called it and are very anxious to get him in. It'd make sense that he would go there. They're willing to go long-term for sure."

"They've been the favorite; at least the outside perception is that they're the favorite. If I had to guess, I'm going to still stick with the Phillies."

While Heyman is staying with Philadelphia to land Harper, he points out that the vast majority of free agent signings have been from a mystery team that seemingly comes out of nowhere.

"I mean the Dodgers are a big threat because we know one thing about Bryce Harper, he wants to be on a big stage. That means Yankees, Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers; those would be the top choices. But in the end, we know that the deal is what really counts."

With Machado just recently signing that $300 million contract with the Padres, Heyman said Harper can't settle for less money at this point.

"At this point there are egos involved, the agents are involved; Machado vs Harper. He needs to beat $300 (million)," Heyman said. "We know that they are working hard. We know that there are multiple teams involved. We should not be surprised about that, even if they are in Philadelphia."

"If he signs a long-term deal for less than $300 (million), that's going to look like a loss."