No deal yet.
As Phillies fans wait and wait for Bryce Harper and the team to come together on a record contract, nothing has actually happened.
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Here's A guess at what might be holding up the deal.
Mystery team (s)
While there is probably no team that is willing to outbid Phillies for Harper's services, we now know of at least One that joined Phillies owner John Middleton in paying a lefty slugger visit to Las Vegas: the Dodgers.
Los Angeles was a team heavily rumored early in the bidding, but it seemed to be out when AJ Pollock signed a four-year contract to the man's center field. Things can be changed, but only in a short-term offer.
Cold hard cash. Is Harper just looking to beat Manny Machado's $ 300M? Is it about topping Giancarlo Stanton's $ 325M? How does Harper and The Phillies get there could be a sticking point based on years, total guarantees and future luxury?
While the final contract number is likely to be enormous, tax problems in Philadelphia
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Do tell, Scott! "It's a 'swellopt.'" A what? "For the club, if the player performs well, the club can opt in (contract swells). For the player, if the club does not opt in, the player has the choice to continue with the contract or opt out. It's a swell option for both. "
– Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 6, 2019
Think of this as a twist is a regular contract opt-out for the player. For Harper's deal, an opt-out clause seems to be more of a 'when' rather than 'if' in the process.
But the swell-out could be something we see at the end.
If a 10-year deal is announcement, maybe an option becomes present at the Phillies end to extend the deal to 11 or 12 years after year nine. In that case, the Phillies could trigger the deal for two extra years before Harper's last year of the ten-year deal. If the team declines, Harper heads to his final year in a walk season.
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