Just when you thought it had been truly laid to rest, Bryce Harper to the Dodgers chatter is back.
Sources: The Dodgers are back in the mix for Bryce Harper. Club officials, including manager Dave Roberts, were seen in Las Vegas on Sunday. https://t.co/cBRqZx4kOO
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) February 25, 2019
Apparently the Dodgers 2-0 Cactus League record isn’t enough to let them rest on their laurels.
Sources and reports and rival GMs have said the Dodgers are in on Harper more than a baker’s dozen of times this offseason. However, this is one of the more reputable sources to report on it in some time.
Club officials including manager Dave Roberts were seen in Harper’s home town of Las Vegas on Sunday.
Jesse Sanchez has been a national reporter for MLB.com since 2001, so there wouldn’t be much reason for him to post something like this at close to midnight PST if there wasn’t some meat behind it.
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With word coming out yesterday that Dodgers’ Chairman Mark Walter never issued a directive to stay under the luxury tax this offseason, this Harper news couldn’t come at a better time.
“Stan and Andrew run all that and they do what they think is best for the team, period, and to win.” – from Jorge Castillo, LA Times
If the Dodgers are free to spend some money, what better place to go than Las Vegas on a Sunday night?
Earlier in the city that never sleeps, the Phillies were said to be “not leaving Las Vegas” until they had a deal with the 26-year old free agent outfielder. Later that day, owner John Middleton left Sin City empty handed.
While Philadelphia is still considered the favorite to land the slugger with all of their “stupid money,” adding the Dodgers back into the mix certainly steps up the competition.
Second tier competition in the sweepstakes include:
- The White Sox, who still are a good ways away from being contenders
- The Giants, who are already over budget, and have a manager retiring at the end of the season
- And the Padres, who just dropped $300M on Manny Machado
Harper will undoubtedly sign somewhere this week and mercifully put this storyline to rest.
Keep it locked in here on Dodgers Nation for all the latest on when and where Bryce signs.
Will it ever end?? pic.twitter.com/FOquCbVwHB
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) February 25, 2019