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Agent on Harper: 'Philly bidding against Philly'

Andrew Porter
December 10, 2018 - 11:19 am

"One agent said of the interest in Harper, 'It’s Philly bidding against Philly,'" Ken Rosenthal wrote for The Athletic of Bryce Harper. 

Related: Phillies front-office may not be on same page as John Middleton​

This is just another tid bit of information linking the Phillies as the favorites to land Harper. However, the concerning part of this quote—for Phillies fans at least—is the thought that John Middleton could simply overpay Harper for no reason. 

"I bet if you took a survey of all of the GM's and scouts and executives here at the GM meetings, I bet you 90% would say he's going to be a Phillie," Bob Nightengale of USA Today told 94WIP on November 8th

The winter meetings are from Dec. 9-13 in Las Vegas. The Phillies are expected to be one of the most active teams in free-agency. Last Aril, Middleton joined Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP and said, "We’re gonna get that trophy back or I’m gonna die trying."

Related: Veteran GM: Phillies biggest free-agent 'linchpin' ever​

Matt Klentak has already been praises for two trades he's made, acquiring Jean Segura and Jose Alvarez. But the Phillies have a long way to go to please their fan base.