Talk about something that has been discussed ad nauseam. Bryce Harper and his agent Scott Boras have asked teams to submit offers extended to the stars and beyond. Sure, it had originally been reported that the Dodgers were the favorites to land the 26-year old slugger but a lot has changed since that reports came out.
Harper is destined to land outside of California. The Las Vegas native was long anticipated to desire a contract with the Dodgers given the stadiums relatively close proximity to his home town and his attraction to the big city where he can be the center of attention.
But, for Harper, this offseason was about more than convenience to home. A large emphasis was put on his desire to sign a deal with upwards of $300 million over at least 10 seasons and it looks like he might just get that. It just won’t be from the Dodgers.
The Dodgers have never been in the business of signing players to outrageously long deals worth enough money to purchase a small country and in the case of Harper, they won’t break stride.
Signing the mega-free agent would have come at a pocket denting cost and things got to a point where a deal was no longer worth it. There have been no reports to suggest the Dodgers are out but given the reported offers he is receiving from Philadelphia and Washington, the Dodgers have no chance at all.
Look at it as a disappointment if you must but the Dodgers could just be avoiding a franchise-altering contract.