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Phillies set to meet with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas on Saturday



The Phillies will meet with super-agent Scott Boras and his young superstar client, free agent Bryce Harper, on Saturday in Las Vegas. (Photo: MissChatter)

In what is perhaps going to be the pivotal moment of their off-season, the brain-trust of the Philadelphia Phillies will reportedly be flying out to Las Vegas on Saturday to meet with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper and his agent, Scott Boras.

Bob Nightengale at USA Today reports that Phillies owner John Middleton will be among those in attendance for the team. Middleton stated at the start of this off-season that he might be willing to “get a little bit stupid” in spending money. He may be about to do just that.

The Phillies contingent will also certainly include General Manager Matt Klentak and President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail.

Klentak has already signed a pair of free agents in outfielder Andrew McCutchen and relief pitcher David Robertson. In a pair of trades, he has brought in shortstop Jean Segura and a trio of relief pitchers.

Completely speculative on my part, but this aggressive move on Harper could very well signal that the Phillies feel they are going to lose out in their pursuit of infielder Manny Machado.

It has been believed that Machado was favored by the team when considering the two young free agent superstars. It has always been known that the New York Yankees are Machado’s long-time dream team, and that he was likely to end up in the Bronx, as long as the financial considerations were right.

At the Winter Meetings, which were held in Vegas back in early December, Klentak met with Boras. That meeting was likely to express the sincerity of the Phillies interest and perhaps to lay out some basic negotiating parameters on both sides. Harper was not present at that meeting.

There have been recent reports that Harper’s former team, the division-rival Washington Nationals, were willing to go substantially over what had been an initial 10-year, $300 million contract offer. It is also known that Harper has already met with representatives of both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.

With spring training camps scheduled to open a little more than a month from now, it should not be long before there is some final resolution on both the Harper and Machado situations. The meeting this coming Saturday could be the Phillies last, best chance to bring home one of the two.

 

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Bill Worth

    January 7, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Tied of all the Bryce Harper / Manny Machado watch stories… tell us more about the winter leagues. Tell us more about prospect rankings….

    • Ken Bland

      January 8, 2019 at 11:56 am

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      I feel like I just witnessed a kickoff return that ate up 99 yards, and fell to the ground within a yard of paydirt.

      A TOTALLY agreeable point, flawed by use of the word STORIES. The folks running this blog can most certainly follow their own path of choice, but the abundance of WORTHLESS, MEANINGLESS speculation serves zero journalistic quality. Honestly, the feeling I get is any breath Machado or Harper take, and even MOST free agents, no matter how much less important they might be is over covered just short of their trips to the rest room..

      Unfortunately, and this is not to say that journalism was ever perfect, but this is the way of the world. Its embarrassing to think of oneself as a sports fan, thus sharing that niche with media scrambling to report and claim who broke what story before anyone else. Not to be rude, but as a point of emphasis, who the FUCK gives a FUCK? Maybe people think its cool to have petty rumors to discuss, or at least the media think they do. All I know is I’m not one of them, especially to the point of habit. And God forbid anyone should employ a drop of common sense and realize some of the rumors have NO, ZERO chance of developing.

      That Machado and Harper (not to mention tons of others) are/will be overpaid is totally besides the point. The focus of the coverage, to me, is way out of whack. Way, way too much spaghetti against the wall.

      • denzen

        January 10, 2019 at 7:27 pm

        Why do you feel the need to curse.?! It really takes away from whatever point you were trying to make.

  2. Rotcod

    January 8, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    No one has anything other than speculation at this point. But that’s not the fault of writers, bloggers, fans or even Phillies staff. They definitely aren’t going to show their hand. Boras is going to take whoever to the cleaners no matter what anyway.
    I’m sitting on the edge of my seat whether there are speculative stories or not.
    Personally, I hope we score Harper. I’ve liked him ever since he fought Papelbon.

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