After a long offseason, Bryce Harper could be making a return to the Nationals. According to a report by MLB.com, the Nationals are making progress and gaining momentum on a possible Bryce Harper return.
“It’s heating up,” an unnamed source told MLB.com.
Harper, who has been the face of the franchise since he broke into the big leagues in 2012 has indirectly stated that he does want to make a return to Washington.
Harper has had a number of suitors this winter. The Yankees, Phillies, Cubs, Dodgers, and White Sox have made it known that they have contacted him at some point during the offseason. It seems as if the Phillies, Dodgers, and Nationals are the remaining suitors.
Harper met with the Nationals in early January for close to five hours and discussed many potential deals and a return to Washington. The team has reportedly offered a contract of more than $300 million.
The Dodgers cleared up some payroll and an outfield spot by trading outfielders Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig before Christmas. Many of Harper’s friends believe that’s where he will end up but many of Patrick Corbin’s friends and family thought he was going to end up as a Yankee but he instead chose the Nationals earlier in the offseason. The Dodgers have looked to get “over the hump” and win the World Series after winning their division every year since 2013.
The Phillies are an up-and-coming team, finishing third behind the Nationals in 2018. The Phillies were in contention until about the trade deadline after they had a rough last two months of the regular season and seemingly went away after that. The Phillies plan to meet Harper this Saturday at his home in Las Vegas to pitch a potential contract.
Although there have been varying reports about where Harper is leaning we do know that it is more than likely he will sign before the start of Spring Training in February.