Latest Bryce Harper News: All Serious Bidders Talking at Least 10 Years, Phillies Believe Chances ‘Remote’

We’re well past the point of needing much analysis on this topic, so let’s make it quick. As first reported by Kerry Crowley of the San Jose Mercury News, Giants CEO Larry Baer and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi made a were in Las Vegas for a second meeting with Bruce Harper Tuesday. So that’s something.

The Giants had previously been pursuing a short-term deal, but Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reported that a 10-year deal is now being discussed. That was confirmed by Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, who tweeted that (emphasis mine) “all serious bidders…are discussing deals of at least 10 years

Now we’re talking about not only the Giants, but the Dodgers as well, since they are also involved and were thought to be sticking to a shorter offer. All of this is very bad news for the Phillies, who had been viewed as bidding against themselves as the only long-term suitor.

But all the while, we were getting reports that Harper didn’t really like Philly and that going there would be something of a last resort. So you can imagine how the Phillies might pheel if that is anywhere close to the truth and more desirable teams suddenly step up with commensurate offers.

Take that all for what it’s worth, but at least one guy on Twitter is really, really adamant about Harper still landing in Philly. Maybe the tax ramifications of signing in California will be too much, I don’t know. Either way, Twitter user @dosdos felt the need to tag me along with a bunch of big-time national guys to make sure we gave him credit when his reports were right.

And in case you were wondering about this guy’s credibility, he did have some really incredible inside information that seems to validate him.

So there you have it.

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  1. My friend in the Brewers org told me this morning it’s down to the Cubs and Dodgers. That would mean the Cubs are one of the “serious bidders.”

    That being said, I still have a tough time believing the Cubs would cry poor and then throw money around like Power Ball winner unless they are borrowing against next year’s baseball budget, which is something they did when they signed Lester.

    In fact he bet me when I disagreed with him. So if the Dodgers sign Harper, he pays for my trip to LA for the Cubs-Dodgers series. If the Cubs sign him, I lose and pay for his. That’s travel, lodging, game tickets, food, and bar tabs.

    If Harper signs elsewhere it’s a wash. I don’t know what to think here. Poor is poor. If the Cubs pulled this off, and I don’t think they can, they deserve a Nobel Prize in science for their ability to create a completely false narrative while fooling everybody in the free world.

    1. Why is a guy from the Brewers organization in a position to know league insider news going to go watch the Cubs and Dodgers play in LA?

      1. He’s one of my best friends and we will watch any two teams play anytime. We do a baseball road trip every year. This year we’re going to L.A. to hit all the spots from the movie LA Confidential and catch some baseball. Not really sure why I need to explain this but people actually have lives away fro their jobs no matter what they do for a living. Sounds like you need to try that maybe.

        Plus he’s a PA. He hears things. He’s not an insider by any means. He schedules luncheons, handles visiting agents and players, and liaisons to the office staff. Nothing real glamorous but a dream job for him.

        Now go have some fun and try not to always be so pessimistic about things.

    2. If the Cubs were to sign him now, for 10 year or more of guaranteed money – what exactly did they “pull off”? Cubs; “Hahaha…we totally tricked you into thinking we would spend absurd money for Harper in December, but we waited until March! Hahahaha!”

  2. I think we need to put @dosdos under suicide watch. Cuz if multiple teams have gone to 10 or more years – Harper isn’t playing in Philly this year.

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