Obsessive Bryce Harper Watch: Phillies Readying to Actually Make an Offer

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Obsessive Bryce Harper Watch: Phillies Readying to Actually Make an Offer

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It is January 15, and the presumed frontrunner for the top free agent market … is finally readying to actually, you know, make an offer.

That’s a weird market, my friends. Not that we all didn’t predict the Bryce Harper sweepstakes would push into January, but when the first offer from a team like the Phillies might not come until the third or fourth week of January?

Your big question is whether the terms of the offer will leak out, and, if so, whether it will be coming via the Scott Boras camp. If that’s the way it plays out, I will continue to wonder whether Harper doesn’t really want to be in Philadelphia, but just wants to get the biggest offer possible from them off of which to play other – possibly mystery – suitors. Will the Phillies top the reported 10/$300M offer from the Nationals back in September? Or will they go even higher because they buy the reports that the Nats significantly upped that offer in December? Or will they lowball because they actually just want to apply some pressure to Manny Machado and this whole thing is a ruse?

Whatever the case, I hope an offer comes soon, and it comes publicly. And, if you believe the now-ancient rumors that the Cubs’ role in this pursuit was that of a lurker waiting until other offers came in, hey, maybe this means we will now hear another Cubs whisper or two.

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.