Phillies are in ‘deep and serious’ talks with Bryce Harper

Report: Phillies, Harper in deep and serious negotiations

The Phillies are prepared to sign Harper to a lucrative long-term contract.

Another week has passed by and Bryce Harper remains unsigned. It seems he ended up leaving empty-handed, though, as this saga continues through the second week of spring training.

Although Harper is seeking a long-term contract, the Dodgers are interested in a short-term deal, according to ESPN and multiple reports. Philadelphia has been considered the favorite to acquire Harper for weeks, and owner John Middleton said in the fall that the organization might be "stupid" about spending money if that's what it would take to sign a top free agent.

Just because the process is taking longer than some thought doesn't mean fans won't buy Harper jerseys, t-shirts, or tickets to games.

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If the Giants don't land Harper, a series of moves will be expected considering the number of holes remaining on the roster, namely in the outfield.

To be sure, the Dodgers did recently add A.J. Pollock to the outfield, but when it comes to Bryce Harper, no big market team should let the composition of their existing outfield - or short-term financial considerations - stop them from making a play if they can land the 26-year-old generational talent.

It's been nearly five months since the Phils played their last regular season game and many projected Harper would be on their next regular season lineup card. Just as it appeared that Harper was destined to join the Philadelphia Phillies, the Dodgers have once again emerged as a serious suitor. It would seem unlikely that Harper would get less - in years or dollars - than the 10 years and $300 million Manny Machado just got from the Padres, but who knows. It's been widely assumed that San Diego can't make a competitive bid for Harper now that they've given Machado $300 million, but the Padres have met with the outfielder this offseason.

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