MLB Rumors: This NL Team Making ‘Late Play’ To Sign Bryce Harper

Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

"Wherever he wants to play, we'll make it work ..." Reports have come out in the last few hours that Harper is leaning towards signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, bringing a once in a lifetime talent to the City of Brotherly Love.

In fact, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies are hoping the Realmuto addition makes Philly an even more appealing landing spot for either of the 26-year-old superstars.

At the GM meetings, Boras heaped more praise on the Giants, saying, "They have a successful model", "and I always tell Larry (Baer), 'This fan base has rewarded you". Harper could platoon with Judge out in left, head to center or be designated to left field with Clint Frazier and Jacoby Ellsbury waiting in the wings.

And even though Harper hasn't indicated this happens to be the case, the Phillies know the Padres have been added to the competition list over potential teams they have to worry about signing the star outfielder once he does finally decide to make a choice. Harper was the National League MVP in 2015, National League Rookie of the Year in 2012 and is a six time all-star.

Harper is probably the best player in Major League Baseball.

One issue though is that the Yankees are already stacked with outfielders, with Judge and Harper playing the same position. "But I think our team is pretty much set", Boone said. Harper and Machado seem likely to sign for less than expected at the start of the winter, which could have teams re-considering whether to try to jump back into the fray.

Giancarlo Stanton also factors into the Yankees' outfield plans. "But I would also say we're anticipating we have a great team right now and feel like we have a complete team that's ready to go compete for a championship". It seems very unlikely the Giants would be willing to offer Harper an eight- to 10-year long-term deal but seem they would be more in the neighborhood of a three- to five-year deal. "So, it just all depends on where he wants to go".

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