With the Los Angeles Dodgers re-entering the bidding war, I do not see much changing for other teams like the Phillies except possibly getting too antsy, and ownership is exhausted of this game, so they want to get a deal done, but other than that the Phillies seem to be the only team that will be willing to meet Harper's price along with giving him the long term deal.
Remember that report from two nearly weeks ago that said Harper had made his decision?
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The deal did not take place, as Middleton is now in Florida with his big league club, so the Dodgers took the opportunity to meet with Harper to see what he is thinking.
The Washington Nationals previously offered Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract in September, but are out of the running.
If the Dodgers are going to land Bryce Harper he will need to guarantee more than the fifty-five million he gave to Pollock. Just as it appeared that Harper was destined to join the Philadelphia Phillies, the Dodgers have once again emerged as a serious suitor. Philadelphia has more money to spend than anyone, but they seem to be hoping that something less than a major record-breaking contract could get a deal done.
Could this have been the so-called "mystery team" in the Bryce Harper talks? "I would say that teams have checked in that we haven't heard much of, or anything of, but whether they are really a true mystery team that has a real shot, I wouldn't vouch for it". San Diego has already made surprising offers to Machado and Eric Hosmer over the last 15 months, so maybe Los Angeles doesn't want to take any chances.