Even if a long stay in the free agent market continues, the outfielder star Bryce Harper stands "not signing – or even considering – short-term agreements, "according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network ( Twitter link ).
There have been some indications of the delay that some clubs could pursue Harper with less than long contract terms. In particular, the entry of the Giants into the Harper market seemed to raise the prospect of such an approach. According to some, at least, the San Francisco organization is not only a real potential claimant, but is only interested in engaging with Harper for a limited period.
Just where Harper and his camp are drawing the line is not clear. Regardless of the guaranteed term of any contract, it is likely that any agreement has complicated opt-in / opt-out arrangements, potentially including both club and player opportunities to lengthen or shorten the agreement.
Parameters remain unclear. It seems reasonable to conclude, however, that Harper will not be inclined to the premise offers on the idea of earning a big salary now as he re-enters the market at a still young age. This possibility could be contemplated in a contract, as already mentioned, but a longer basic guarantee seems to be a necessary part of the picture.
Presumably, this indicates that Harper believes that a sufficiently long supply is still achievable. All indications are that the Phillies would still be susceptible to a major effort, although the team's standing offer (if any) is not known. It seems that citizens have withdrawn the $ 300 million ten-year offer they originally hung up, even if the current team's threshold is not clear. Other teams that remain connected to Harper include Padres and White Sox, with some unspecified teams still rumored to be engaged on a certain level.