Good morning, Dodgers fans. After the signing of outfielder A.J. Pollock, it appeared that LA was out of the running for free-agent superstar, Bryce Harper.
Well, it looks as if LA might be right back in the swing of things, and they appear to be a big threat at this current moment.
According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, club officials, as well as manager Dave Roberts, were seen in Las Vegas on Sunday.
Now, the particulars of what they were doing in Las Vegas are unknown at the time, but it is well-known that Bryce Harper is currently in the city. It could have been just a friendly meeting, or the Dodgers are seriously engaged, and trying to work out a contract with the 26-year-old.
Jon Heyman was also reporting on the situation in the early hours of Monday morning.
Dodgers look like big threat at moment since it is well known Harper loves a big stage. Plus, they wisely reset their tax last year. Still, it’s a surprise in terms of positional needs and recent M.O., which has included staying away from big ticket items.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 25, 2019
Jeff Passan of ESPN also confirmed the Dodgers’ interest in Harper.
From the start, Bryce Harper has sought a decade-long-plus deal. There is no indication, sources said, that has changed. The Dodgers, meanwhile, have long been opposed to very long-term deals. Still, the Dodgers’ emergence has thrown a fascinating wrench into these negotiations.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 25, 2019
This news comes less than a week after the Padres signed Manny Machado to a 10-year contract.
Again, the outfield at the moment isn’t the biggest need for the Dodgers, but the fact they’re showing interest this late in the game shows they truly are legitimate in their pursuit. It’s unclear on if LA would even offer the kind of money and length he wants. I guess we’re just going to have to sit back and see.