Well, the number one guy who beat Bryce Harper in Philadelphia, Bob Nightengale, is changing a bit.
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Nightengale, speaking at KNBR 680 in San Francisco, says the Dodgers and Nationals are out of the competition, making it a two-team race between the Phils and Giants. However, it seems that Nightengale thinks that the Giants have the advantage.
"With the Giants moving and all the optimism, I think it's a coin flip," Nightengale told KNBR. "I think for the Phillies to get Harper, they will have to grossly overtake the Giants to get him, really … I think if he's close he goes to San Francisco, if there's a huge hole, it's hard to get away from that kind of money."
At the beginning of November, Nightengale said that "you can rely on" Harper to sign with the Phillies. Until now he has not backtracked on that position.
Nightengale also reports that the Giants are offering a short-term deal, something like five or six years to $ 30 million or more per season.
However, Jon Heyman reports that Harper is not interested in short-term offers, good news for the Phillies.
Despite the voices and good wishes of the teams, the rumor is that Bryce Harper is not signing ̵1; or even considering – short-term contracts
– Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) 12 February 2019
Chris Russell of 106.7 The Fan in Washington DC, who correctly reported on a mysterious Harper team (SF Giants) earlier, says Harper might decide by Thursday.