The Bryce Harper free-agency saga could end this week.
Chris Russell of 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. reports Harper is deciding between three to four teams and could make his decision by Thursday.
The Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals are presumably among those teams, according to various reports.
The Phillies appear to be the team willing to pay Harper the most total money, and they have also made some notable additions to their team this offseason. Last week, the Phillies traded two of their top prospects for catcher J.T. Realmuto, a player with whom Harper is believed to be very close.
The Giants, late entrants into the sweepstakes, “plan to offer Harper a lucrative short-term deal,” according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The NL West club has no interest in matching the 10-year, $300 million megadeal that Harper turned down from the Nationals at the end of last season.
Per Nightengale: “One high-ranking rival executive boldly predicts the Giants will ultimately sign the 26-year star.”
“We want to be able to pursue players to bring championships back to the Giants’ fans,’’ Giants president Larry Baer told reporters at the Giants’ FanFest on Saturday. “Bryce Harper is an amazing player. It’s very hard, these are competitions, and I can’t handicap it.”