The 2018 MLB season ends, and Bryce Harper's odds for the future suddenly change. Coincidence or no? 

The day after the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, Bovada updated its odds for whose roster the free agent will be on for the first game of the 2019 season, and as of Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies now have even odds of signing Harper. Not even two weeks ago on Oct. 17, the Chicago Cubs had even odds while the Los Angeles Dodgers were at +500 and the Phillies were at +550.

Now with Philadelphia at the top -- a chance for Harper to remain in the NL East, which would be salt in the wound for Nationals fans -- the Cubs have the second-best odds at +300, and Washington has moved up as well to +400.

That's good news for Nats fans because two weeks ago, Washington was the fifth-most likely team to have Harper on its roster at +700.

Following the odds for the Nats to re-sign Harper and hand over the big bucks are the San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels. 

Philly taking over the top spot also comes a day after Harper's agent, Scott Boras, told YES Network:

"We know who the team is -- it's already completed and done. And Bryce has told me that he wanted to tell you personally, so I'm gonna let him do that."

But before anyone could really freak out that Harper's future was already a done deal, Boras said he was joking, according to The Washington Post's Chelsea Janes. However, if you believe there's some truth to every joke, perhaps that means the slugger and his agent have been working with the Nats -- the only team allowed to negotiate with him at that point -- all season to make a deal to keep him in Washington.


Afterall, Harper going the Phillies is just a natural fit

Or, it really was nothing more than a joke.