We’re way past the point of preamble and context here, so let’s just get right to it. Jessica Kleinschmidt of NBC Sports Bay Area transcribed dialogue from Chris Russell of 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C., who claims that Bryce Harper has reached a decision. And while we had heard that same thing from Scott Boras back in October, this may have a little more credence given the timing.
“Maybe I took a little bit of a leap of faith here based on some indications I got from a real good source,” Russell told 94WIP, in Philadelphia, on Friday.
“Bryce and his representatives, (Scott) Boras, his people, his wife Kayla, they’ve been meeting since Monday morning in Vegas. Bryce originally wanted this done, when it took this long, by Valentine’s Day. Obviously, the contract has not been announced, signed, or whatever.”
“But I’m led to believe by the people that I’ve talked to that are close to the situation — and I have, again, a real good source that has helped me through this process, let’s just leave it at that,” Russell said. “That Bryce was in a mood to celebrate yesterday. Now, the source said, ‘I believe it’s done.’ I don’t have concrete, 100 percent proof for you guys. I wish I did, otherwise, I would have it and I would be running around with it. But I don’t have that, so I want to caution everybody in Philadelphia. But that’s what I was led to believe, that this thing is now decided.”
Russell concluded that Harper would sign with the Giants, who have been mentioned as both frontrunners and out of the race this week. Harper is reportedly unwilling to settle for a short-term deal and the Giants are likewise unwilling to offer anywhere close to 10 years or $300 million, so it’ll be interesting to see how everything shakes out.
Of course, it may not shake out at all, as Russell made very sure to caution. He repeatedly said he thought it would be the Giants and did not base anything on direct knowledge, so take it for what it’s worth.