The Washington Nationals aren't the only team reportedly willing to invest the next decade in Bryce Harper.
According to a new report from ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox are also willing to give Harper the 10-year guaranteed deal he's reportedly looking for.
Harper has met multiple times with representatives of the Washington Nationals, according to a club source, and the possibility of a return to the place he spent the first seven years of his career persists, despite Nationals owner Mark Lerner's insistence that Washington would not stretch beyond the $300 million offer Harper rejected near season's end. The Phillies and White Sox are the other two teams known to be willing to guarantee Harper the decade-plus-long deal he and Machado, each 26 years old, are seeking. Harper's willingness to wait for a contract he deems suitable is real, according to a source who said he could see Harper's free agency stretching into February.
Both teams are not surprising given their current payrolls for the 2019 season and their need for a new face of their franchise. Following this news it is also reported by NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury that the Phillies will meet with Harper soon.
However, neither team are the first to be willing to that long-term commitment. The Nats reportedly offered Harper a 10-year contract worth $300 million at the end of the 2018 season.
This news does not mean much in the grand scheme of the Harper sweepstakes. After all, for any team to get Harper they were going to have to commit to at least a decade-long agreement.
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