Nationals Rumors: Nats still in on Bryce Harper after December meeting

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The Athletic's Jim Bowden tweeted last night that the Nationals latest offer to Harper was actually "much more" than the $300MM commonly quoted.

The Chicago White Sox are one of the teams that are believed to be in the running to sign Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, but they may not be willing to come close to meeting the contractual demands of either player.

Major League Baseball insider Jon Heyman of Fancred reinforced early this afternoon that the Phillies are indeed in the process of setting up a formal face-to-face meeting with Harper and agent Scott Boras. Remember the Washington Nationals' 10-year, $300 million offer that Harper reportedly rejected?

Cops left hilariously heartbroken after Krispy Kreme doughnut truck catches fire
As of Tuesday night, the post had been retweeted more than 16,000 times. "That's what we can do to ease their pain". While the fire was soon extinguished, nobody seemed to be more heartbroken than Lexington's boys in blue.

It can be assumed that Harper also has emotional ties to the Washington organization. "The annual average salary is what matters most".

However, if the Phillies, Chicago White Sox, or some other team were to offer, say, a full 10-year deal at or above $400 million total value, such security would likely prove hard to turn down. Remember that both of these guys were expected to get record-breaking deals when they started free agency, perhaps joining Giancarlo Stanton as baseball's only $300 million men or Mike Trout, Zack Greinke, David Price and Miguel Cabrera as guys making $30 million a year. Are you exhausted of the Harper rumors and rumblings?

That's where Harper comes back into play, as the outfielder who seemed like a longer shot a few weeks ago to join Philadelphia when looking at some of the interest he was gaining from other teams is all of a sudden finding his name in conversation again with the Phillies. The offer as stated - seen by many as the low-end of what Harper might expect - has been the single biggest signifier that the Nats are ready to move on from Harper, but the ongoing entanglement between the two sides is evidently more complex. I am sure offers from other teams aren't far off, considering the White Sox put theirs out there already.

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