The Washington Nationals, Bryce Harper’s only major league employer, have bowed out of the race for the unsigned superstar.
"The Giants view the Phillies as the favorites, too, and they don't intend to do dollar-to-dollar with them."
"But ... what if Harper just really does not want to play in Philadelphia, or land with an NL East rival. That's something the Giants have held on to, and they appear to be the last team standing if that's the case."
According to Lerner, there hasn’t even been a dialogue between the sides in quite some time, but, seemingly contradicting his "moved on" comments, he didn’t want to entirely rule out the possibility of a reunion.
"But there's always that, the door's cracked a little bit," Lerner said. "I have no clue at this point what they're up to. We really haven't heard from them in a couple months."