Bryce Harper Phillies Talks Are 'Intensifying'

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The landscape of the White Sox' pursuit of free agent Manny Machado is taking shape after the other prized 26-year-old free agent in the market, Bryce Harper, reportedly moved toward a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. "The Nats, perhaps. I haven't heard a lot about them lately but they are the incumbent team..."

Looking at the ledger, Heyman suggested that Harper likes the West Coast and the city of San Francisco, but pointed out that the cavernous ballpark is not a pro. Phillies are the favorite, but word remains that nothing's done yet. That is what the San Francisco Giants offered him...every indication I get is he is going to get at least 10 years and more $300 million.

Heyman's report meshes with a report from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, who appeared on CBS Sports HQ on Saturday and said he believed the Phillies are the favorite. In addition, SNY's Andy Martino tweeted that among rival clubs, there is a "definite sense" that the Phillies are in the lead for Harper.

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"He could be rounding third and heading to home shortly".

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Sunday night that Philadelphia is indeed willing to meet Harper's asking price.

While no deal is imminent, Heyman reports that Harper has multiple long-term offers for more than $30 million a year. He also had career-highs with 100 RBIs and 130 walks.

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