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Rumors – RUMORS – Flying that Bryce Harper is Signing with the Phillies Today

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In true 2019 offseason form, we are all so desperate for something to happen that it takes only a couple teases from a video game and some betting odds changing for folks to get really riled up.

Basically, the obsessive rumor-watching world is in flames right now, believing that top free agent Bryce Harper will sign with the Phillies today based on these tweets:

Would Harper’s signing *really* be announced by a video game? I guess anything can happen in this crazy market, but could they have kept such an enormous story secret for long enough to make it work logistically?

Then again, maybe they didn’t keep it secret. Look at those betting odds, which have the Phillies right up there with the Cubs and Cardinals, and only behind the Dodgers in the NL. Why exactly would that be – the Phillies being tops in the NL East – if there wasn’t a huge splash coming? (The flip side to that, of course, is that folks expect the Phillies to get one of Harper or Machado eventually anyway, so maybe this is just the natural progression of betting odds in that direction.)

To that end, a gambling-focused account on Twitter – cited by others as having broken big news in the past (sometimes Vegas does know things) – tweeted that it’s a done deal:

To be sure, my bet has been Harper to the Phillies for a little while now, given that no other team seems to be in serious pursuit. It’s bizarre and uncomfortable, but that might be the reality of this market. And that also could be what is going on today – people just making a smart bet based on the market, and freaking out a little bit about a video game tease.

Now we wait.

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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.