Buster Olney believes Phillies could snag Bryce Harper from Nationals

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Buster Olney believes Phillies could snag Bryce Harper from Nationals

The Phillies' organization has the bankroll, they have the payroll flexibility and they want to compete ASAP. That is to say: they're players for the big guys.

That was put on display this offseason with the likes of Carlos Santana and more recently Jake Arrieta.

Phillies owner John Middleton said earlier in the week he had Arrieta's name circled for years as a potential free-agent target. Middleton also has big names circled for the future.

But who?

"That’s a conversation for another day," Middleton said in Clearwater. "But, trust me, they are circled."

A betting man would guess that Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper's name has some bright red sharpie all around it in Middleton's notebook.

Speaking of betting men, ESPN's Buster Olney would wager a hefty sum that Harper ends up in Philly or stays in D.C. Here's what Olney had to say on his "Sign Of The Times" podcast Tuesday when asked about Harper getting a $400 million deal next offseason.

"Just before I recorded this podcast, I bumped into Jake Arrieta's agent Scott Boras who is of course the agent for Bryce Harper. I didn't ask Scott this, but I guarantee you what he would say is, 'Buster, teams pay for talent.' And Bryce Harper is a transcendent talent. I still think he has a chance to push the deal to $400 million. I would bet the family farm that Harper ends up with the Phillies or back with the Washington Nationals."

So you're telling us there's a (legitimately decent) chance!?

Fantastic artwork depicts Eagles championship parade at Art Museum


Fantastic artwork depicts Eagles championship parade at Art Museum

By now you're familiar with Philly Word Art's wonderful prints capturing many of the most memorable moments in Philadelphia sports history. Daniel Duffy has just released his latest piece of art to the collection and it's a winner unlike any before it.

Because it captures the Super Bowl winning Philadelphia Eagles as they ride their floats through the thousands of fans in front of the Art Museum. It's actually made up of a handwritten date, opponent, and score of every Eagles game in their ENTIRE HISTORY.

Duffy will be a guest on Philly Sports Talk on Friday to talk about this impresssive work. So tune in to NBC Sports Philadelphia to learn much more about it.

For now we know it took roughly 150 hours to complete and has a nice homage to the Philly Special hidden somewhere in there.

You can pick up your own print on his online store right here.

Exciting new food items at Phillies games this year


Exciting new food items at Phillies games this year

Move over peanuts and Cracker Jacks, there’s some new ballpark food in town.

Today, Aramark, the beverage and food partner of the Phillies, announced a whole host of new food items that will be available this season across their portfolio of eight MLB teams. Among the list were four new items at Citizens Bank Park.

Jane Dough Cookie Dough
Available at Minute Maid Park, Rogers Centre and Citizens Bank Park this season will be gourmet, safe-to-eat, flavored cookie dough that is sure to be the subject of many Instagram posts throughout the year. While the information was posted today in their press release, this was posted last September, indicating the cookie dough stand will be in section 110.

Smoked Brisket Taco Trio

A non-traditional ballpark snack, this taco trio will include house-smoked brisket topped with jalapenos, cilantro crema, queso fresco and sliced radishes, in corn tortillas.

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Fried chicken topped with tomato bacon jam, roasted shaved Brussels sprouts and Vermont white cheddar cheese, on a brioche bun.

Vegan Cauliflower Cheesesteak

Roasted cauliflower, poblano peppers, onions, vegan cheese sauce and vegan roll.

In addition to the new food items, in-seat vendors will also accept credit cards, in addition to cash. Just make sure you know everyone in your row so you feel comfortable passing your credit card down the line of 10 strangers.

Will you try any of these new items?