Bryce Harper Watch 2019 rolls onward, and a nationally acclaimed baseball writer dropped an interesting nugget on Thursday. Furthermore, Bob Nightengale says via USA Today that friends of Harper believe he prefers a certain destination in free agency. Equally important; that destination is Southern California.
Let’s check it out.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 3, 2019
Here is the money quote:
If Harper had his choice, with the offers being close, friends believe he’d pick the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers may have interest, but haven’t publicly declared they will even make a short-term offer.
Now, with any quote like this it is worth wondering which ‘friends’ Nightengale has been in touch with. That said, Nightengale is a credible national writer and there is every reason worth noting this significantly.
The article goes on to note that three teams are truly in on the Harper sweepstakes. The Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, and your Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s down to simple math. The other part of the equation is what kind of lump sum figure gets this done – and gets Harper wearing new gear in 2019.
With the way the article reads, it sounds like without a record offer; this process could drag on a while. Let the take-home message of this post be that those close to Bryce Harper privately believe he would like to be a Los Angeles Dodger. I am one writer who believes this is 100 percent true, given the variables involved.
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