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Washington Nationals Now Strongly Favored to Re-Sign Bryce Harper

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Bryce Harper has yet to make a decision on his 2019 team. Photo by Keith Allison (flickr) [CC License].
  • Free agent Bryce Harper is now expected to remain with his current team, the Washington Nationals
  • Reports suggest the Nationals have offered Harper a 10-year deal worth in excess of $300 million
  • Harper met on Saturday with the Philadelphia Phillies

Are the Washington Nationals keeping their star attraction?

That appears to be the way things are now leaning in terms of the next destination for all-star outfielder Bryce Harper, as his free agency is turning into the perfect analogy for the sport he plays.

In baseball, the objective is to go home, but in Harper’s case, with each passing day, it looks as though he will be staying home.

Sportsbooks believe this to be the case. The sportsbook is offering a prop wager that now strongly favors Harper remaining with the Nationals, the only MLB home he has known in his career.

Odds Where Bryce Harper Signs in 2019 Free Agency

Team Odds of Which MLB Team Bryce Harper Will Be With On April 1, 2019
Washington Nationals +150
Philadelphia Phillies +300
New York Yankees +500
Chicago Cubs +500
Houston Astros +800
Texas Rangers +800
Los Angeles Angels +1000
Los Angeles Dodgers +1000
Chicago White Sox +2000
Field (any other team) +400

*Odds as of 1/13/2019

According to published reports, the Nationals have offered Harper a 10-year pact worth in excess of $300 million.

Did The Nationals Step Up To The Plate?

Harper originally turned down a 10-year, $300-million proposal presented to him by the Nationals in September, but the latest news is that his current club has sweetened their offer.

The two sides met following the conclusion of the Winter Meetings.

Harper’s agent Scott Boras recently confirmed that the Nationals are still very much in the picture to sign his client, who was named National League MVP with Washington in 2015.

What’s The Philadelphia Story?

Originally believed to be front runners to sign Harper, the Philadelphia Phillies met again with the 26-year-old outfielder on Saturday. While there were several reports circulating that a deal would be reached between the two sides, no such pact materialized following the talks.

The Phillies clearly are putting the full-court press on Harper.

Among those from the organization who jetted to Harper’s home in Las Vegas to meet with him were managing partner John Middleton, club president Andy MacPhail, GM Matt Klentak, and manager Gabe Kapler.

And yet they still came away without a deal.

Harper Weighing His Options

It could be that Harper has the Nationals offer in his back pocket and now is leverging that, or at least giving other sides one last chance to make a comparable offer for him to consider.

A decision from Harper is expected soon, probably by the end of the month. One way or another, it will swing the balance of power in the NL East. But the longer this drags out, the more it looks like he’ll be staying put in the nation’s capital.

The rest of baseball has had plenty of opportunity to knock his socks off, and it hasn’t happened yet.

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