Bryce Harper has reportedly two teams that are willing to give him the length of contract that he desires, which is a length of ten years.
Those two teams are reportedly the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox. According to reports, both teams are willing to give Harper a contract that runs through ten seasons.
Harper turned down a ten-year deal worth $300 million from the Washington Nationals before last season concluded. But because of his large demands, there have been few teams that have been able to offer him a serious offer.
A person close to Bryce Harper tells @JSalisburyNBCS that a face-to-face meeting between Harper and Phillies officials is being planned for “the next week or so.”— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) January 2, 2019
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The six-time All-Star is one of the most coveted free agents out on the open market. Along with Manny Machado, Harper has been seeking a massive deal that would likely last around a decade.
Although, Harper hasn't visited any teams own his own that are interested in signing him yet. But, now there are multiple reports confirming that Harper will meet with representatives from the Phillies, sometime in the next week or so.
According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the 26-year-old is ready to wait as long as he can for an offer that he desires. Even if that means waiting just before pitchers and catchers report next month. Multiple teams would reportedly be interested in Harper if his price were to drop.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of those teams interested in Harper if that were to happen. They're reportedly only willing to pay half of what Harper wants. But, clearly, Harper is confident that he can get exactly what he wants.
What's a little confusing is that the White Sox haven't made any plans as of yet to met with Harper again about a potential deal. Both the Phillies and the White Sox met with Harper's agent before the Winter Meetings began in early December.
But, neither team was able to sign Harper to a contract then. Yet, the Phillies have made plans for another sit-down with Harper, and the White Sox haven't. Which could mean the Phillies could be the more attractive destination spot for Harper.
The White Sox or the Phillies would both greatly improve by signing the former-MVP. But, it sounds like the Phillies have the advantage over the White Sox, with their meeting scheduled for some time next week.
What This Means
This report means that the race for Harper is down to just two teams. Both the White Sox and the Phillies would be attractive destinations for him. But, because the Phillies have a better chance at competing for the World Series next season.
That could likely sway Harper to signing with them over the White Sox. However, it does sound like the wait could pay off for him. With both teams willing to give him exactly the type of contract that he desires.