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Report: Bryce Harper, Phillies could be close to deal

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 16, 2019 - 3:13 pm

The moment fans have been waiting for might finally, actually be here -- or at least very close. 

According to Jim Bowden of The Athletic, the Phillies and Bryce Harper might be close to striking a deal that would bring Harper to Philadelphia. 

Here is what Bowden said on CBS Sports:

"I keep hearing there's a lot of momentum and traction on him signing with the Philadelphia Phillies. He could be rounding third and heading home shortly. I am hearing they are well down the process...I keep hearing their could be momentum there in Philly. I think Harper is ready to go. I don't think he is going to sign a short-term deal. That is what the San Francisco Giants offered him...every indication I get is he is going to get at least 10 years and more $300 million. That has not changed."

The strong report from Bowden comes on the heels of Chris Russell from 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. stating he believes Harper has made up his mind on where he will sign. 

"Bryce and his representatives, (Scott) Boras, his people, his wife Kayla, they've been meeting since Monday morning in Vegas," Russell said on 94WIP this week. "Bryce originally wanted this done, when it took this long, by Valentine's Day. Obviously, the contract has not been announced, signed, whatever...But I'm lead to believe by the people that I've talked to that are close to the situation—and I have, again, a real good source that has helped me through this process, let's just leave it at that...Bryce was in a mood to celebrate yesterday. Now, the source said, 'I believe it's done.' I don't have concrete, 100 percent proof for you guys. I wish I did, otherwise I would have it and I would be running around with it. But I don't have that, so I want to caution everybody in Philadelphia. But that's what I was lead to believe, that this thing is now decided."

"Now, what comes then is hammering out a contract," Russell continued. "And if we were to believe the report that the Philadelphia Phillies had not even extended a formal offer—and I assume that to be a termed, written agreement, that type of thing, which I find hard to believe—then there might be more leg work to this. And therefore, hey the decision may be done but the contract still needs to be ironed out."

So could the moment finally be here where Harper decides to join the Phillies. 

Stay tuned. 

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