Harper watch rolls onward. In a storyline that feels like it has been evolving since we were all young – we are coming towards a swift resolution.
On Tuesday, news broke that the Los Angeles Dodgers have again moved to the front of the line at Sports books to be the team that signs the free agent outfielder. Equally important, it’s become a two-horse race. We are down to the Los Angeles Dodgers (the favorite), and the Philadelphia Phillies (the slight underdog). Let’s hope that Philadelphia does not make like Rocky Balboa in this match.
BREAKING: The Dodgers are now the betting favorite to sign Bryce Harper.
Giants +1200 pic.twitter.com/OlcpRMSVM2
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) February 26, 2019
Some reports broke from reputable sources on Tuesday that supported the Dodgers becoming the frontrunner. Moreover, Jon Morosi tweets that the Philadelphia Phillies are suffering concern about the Dodgers as a threat in their Harper pursuit.
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. The ability to play close to home and train in Arizona both appeal to Harper, who is a @Lakers fan. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 26, 2019
Morosi says that some within the Philadelphia organization believe that all things equal – Harper will choose Los Angeles. Now, all things equal would mean of course financial terms. As far as we know, the Dodgers are not willing to go to a 10-year contract. Furthermore – at this point it would require a concession on Harper’s part to take a shorter term deal from Los Angeles and decide on location being a factor to finalize a deal with Los Angeles.
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Interestingly, the band Smashmouth released a tweet that seemed to indicate the San Francisco Giants are no longer in the race.
We are hearing Giants ownership/upper mgmt might not be on the same page as Zaidi regarding Harper. They want to offer a long term contract like they did with Bonds and Zaidi does NOT want to. Sabean/Baer step the F up, this is your team, not some slappy's from the Dodgers! @KNBR
— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) February 26, 2019
Furthermore, if you believe that Bryce Harper would like to play baseball on the left coast closer to his home of Las Vegas; that leaves only one possible team.
Let’s all hang on just a while longer, and remember that news on a decision is expected by week’s end.