Bryce Harper to Phillies: Latest reports and rumors

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The San Diego Padres have been heavily involved in their pursuit of Manny Machado, and by the sounds of it, they've made a very competitive offer. The Padres were not viewed as Machado's most desired destination as well, but like the Sox have a farm system promising hope for their future.

Multiple reports are suggesting that Harper and the Phillies are close to a deal. At one point, BetOnline had given the Giants 1/1 odds of signing Harper, with the Padres at 5/2 and the Phillies at 4/1. These two nuggets come on the heels of former major league general manager Jim Bowden saying on CBS Sports HQ Saturday that the Phillies were "rounding third base" in their discussions with the six-time All-Star. "I am hearing they are well down the process". "The Nats, perhaps. I haven't heard a lot about them lately but they are the incumbent team..."

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"I didn't go a day this winter without someone asking, 'When you coming to Philly?'" Trout told reporters Monday. "I leave it out on the field every night, every day and I go from there". "That has not changed".

While Nightengale makes sure to say no deal has been made, Harper is expected to get more than the 10 years and $300 million offered to him by the Nationals at the beginning of the offseason.

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The Phillies' payroll is only $125.5 million for 2019, and the team could easily make a blockbuster deal with Harper work, while many others could. not.

The Phillies have reportedly been in the lead to land the superstar outfielder for much of the offseason.

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