Phillies rumors: Bryce Harper wants to sign this week, per Jayson Stark
Bryce Harper wants to sign somewhere this week according to the latest Phillies rumors
Every day it seems like the Bryce Harper saga adds another layer and we think he’s on the verge of signing, sending Phillies rumors and Twitter ablaze.
Now that Manny Machado and Nolan Arrenado have signed their record-breaking deals, even more of the attention is being turned to Harper and agent Scott Boras.
Hall of Fame writer Jayson Stark, whose opinion I trust more than any other writer or analyst in the game, said on 97.5 The Fanatic Tuesday he thinks the Harper saga will end very soon.
"I do think Bryce has had enough. The sense I get is Bryce would like to figure this out by the end of the week"
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Maybe I’m overanalyzing this a bit, but it sounds like Harper isn’t thrilled with Boras’ handling of his free agency. That could all change once Boras secures a monster deal, but many forget that Boras works for Harper, and if Harper is getting tired of waiting and wants to sign, then he could be pushing Boras to get the final offers in.
Stark added that the “Boras playbook” is to always take the most money, which would likely be the Phillies’ offer. Despite the Dodgers coming back into the fold, Stark doesn’t see them ponying up the money or years Philadelphia has and/or will.
Is the entire thing hanging on the Phillies needing to offer an even more ridiculous number than we expected, something in the range of $350 million? Right now the front office likely fears of bidding against themselves with the Padres, Giants, and Dodgers more likely offering inferior deals.
Fans are tired of the entire thing and can’t stand another day of rumors and cryptic tweets from writers.
At this point, I’m waiting for someone with Philadelphia ties to give the big updates on Harper. Someone like Stark or Jim Salisbury of NBCS Philadelphia needs to be the guy to break this for me to believe it.