Where will Bryce Harper end up in 2019? Catch up with the latest free agency rumors.
Bryce Harper is one of the most coveted free agents of this decade. Since he made his debut in April 2012, he has been one of the most productive players in baseball.
The 26-year-old Harper has been to six All-Star Games, won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year award and the National League MVP award in 2015.
The Nationals have already made a $17.9 million qualifying offer to Harper, which he most likely will turn down.
Here are some of the latest rumors regarding Harper:
• Harper rejected Washington's 10-year, $300 milllion offer because it did not inlcude a no-trade clause. The offer is seen as "preliminary," and both sides are currently shopping elsewhere. (Jon Heyman, Fancred)
• White Sox fans on Twitter are speculating that the club will offer Harper the jersey number "34" when meeting with him at the United Center. Chicago pitcher Michael Kopech posted on Instagram what wearing No. 34 means to him, saying he will always wear his "number with pride, whether that number is 34 or not."
I know it was deleted but that United Center graphic that was posted with the ticker showing "Bryce Harper #34" and a Sox logo gets more interesting to me in light of Kopech's Instagram caption. My guess: The Sox approached Kopech for permission to offer #34 to Bryce. pic.twitter.com/RuXTHlzIYr— Patrick Nolan (@SoxMach_pnoles) November 8, 2018
• Executives around the league feel that Harper will eventually sign with the Phillies. (Bob Nightengale, USA Today)
• The San Francisco Giants' interest in Harper is said to be "overblown." (Alex Pavlovic, NBC Sports Bay Area)
• Harper's agent, Scott Boras, who has likened teams that are interest in his client as "Harper's Bazaar," says he is ready to listen to historic offers this offseason. Boras touts Harper's value at $400-$500 million.
• The Nationals offered a long-term deal to Harper at the end of the regular season worth $300 million over 10 years. (Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)