The Bryce Harper sweepstakes are well underway as teams have begun to court the free agent outfielder. As the most coveted player on the market, Harper has been surrounded by rumors and speculation all attempting to decipher where he might sign.
In an effort to keep track of everything, we compiled a list of every wisp of a rumor and organized them by team to try and make sense of it all. Of course, not all clubs have been fortunate enough to enjoy Harper’s ear. If a team doesn’t have any rumors connecting them to Harper, we attached a video of Harper going yard against them instead.
Good luck trying to figure out where he’s going. Your guess is as good as ours…
Harper goes upper tank to dead center field.
A Braves beat reporter thinks Atlanta could be a player.
Despite any posturing you might hear now, don't be surprised if #Braves are players in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes. I keep hearing things that make me believe they will be.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) November 19, 2018
But after they signed Josh Donaldson…
Alex Anthopolous said that the #Braves would not be players on long-term deals (Harper/Machado) because it was too much risk. So he took a short-term risk on the oft-injured Donaldson instead. But @BringerOfRain20 also comes with a huge upside if he is healthy.— Steve Phillips (@StevePhillipsGM) November 26, 2018
Talk about a ball getting out of here in a hurry.
Boston Red Sox:
Not much traction on the World Series champs’ interest in Harper — not that he gave them any reason to look past him…
Chicago won’t have a whole lot of flexibility this winter.
Sources: The Cubs have financial concerns that may limit their ability and motivation to make a huge splash this winter. Looking at what the Cole Hamels deal means for Bryce Harper: https://t.co/R5BMkS7Nm7— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) November 2, 2018
But the Harper negotiations were supposedly “picking up steam” two weeks ago and the Cubs were in on the fun.
.@dan_bernstein reporting that the Bryce Harper negotiations are picking up steam and that the Cubs are among the teams "in" on the free agent right fielder. https://t.co/tJn6KQF40G pic.twitter.com/8UfoUewbBg— Bernstein & McKnight (@Bernstein_McK) November 16, 2018
Chicago White Sox:
The White Sox are looking into both Harper and Manny Machado.
#WhiteSox interested in *both* Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, source confirms, although it’s too early to know how realistic it is for them to sign either. #WhiteSox have second lowest current 2019 payroll commitment of any @MLB team. Story: https://t.co/vSXgIqh3VL @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 5, 2018
Harper made an appearance on College GameDay and picked Ohio State to beat Michigan. We’re not reading into things, you’re reading into things.
Maybe Bryce Harper is using GameDay to announce his decision to sign with the Cincinnati Reds.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) November 24, 2018
The Indians inquired about Harper at the non-waiver trade deadline, but couldn’t come to terms on prospects.
Sources: #Indians, #Nationals have been in contact regarding possible Bryce Harper trade, but there is no momentum in talks. Latest story: https://t.co/qMu8NtiVWI @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 30, 2018
Harper playing at Coors for 81 games a year sounds like a fun time, but there are no rumors on the Rockies’ front. Here’s the first bomb he hit in Colorado, tying the game in the top of the ninth.
Beardless Bryce? Beardless Bryce.
Here’s another team that tried to get him at the deadline…
The #Astros had a deal in place for Bryce Harper at the non-waiver deadline. #Nationals ownership said no. Story: https://t.co/mgpzjXmIK1 $— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 10, 2018
Kansas City Royals:
“Bryce Harper can’t hit the breaking ball.”
Los Angeles Angels:
Harper hits one over the head of Mike Trout.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
Despite a lack of noise surrounding the reigning NL pennant winners, it’s hard to rule out the Dodgers after they reportedly offered Yasiel Puig in a trade for Harper last summer.
Andrew Friedman on if the Dodgers will go after one of the two premium free agents this offseason (Machado or Harper): “I don’t know right now.”— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) November 1, 2018
Yes, this is *that* three-homer game.
Bryce hits two of Washington’s eight homers in a 2017 win over Milwaukee.
Here’s a game-tying homer of the pinch-hitting variety.
New York Mets:
The Mets “have not ruled out a run at pursuing” Harper.
Long shots? Maybe. But Yanks and even Mets seem to have some interest in Bryce Harper (in here, why Mets prefer Bryce to Manny) https://t.co/2nT9jLn06f— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 22, 2018
New York Yankees:
“It’s not happening.”
As there continues to be speculation about Bryce Harper and the Yankees, a well-placed source emphatically says: “It’s not happening. He’s not going to be a Yankee.”— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 7, 2018
Bryce at first? “Unrealistic.”
#Yankees have had internal discussions this offseason about possibility of signing Bryce Harper to play first base, but one source described that scenario as "unrealistic" -- at least, for now. Full story: https://t.co/eT7SMNRAI8 @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 20, 2018
Pitching appears to be the priority, even after acquiring James Paxton.
Source: #Yankees remain interested in free agents Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ, following the James Paxton deal. Yankees are placing a higher priority on adding one more starting pitcher than signing Manny Machado or Bryce Harper. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 19, 2018
They are at least talking about it, though.
prevalent baseball exec opinion: Harper & Machado wind up with NY & Philly, 1 to each. but which one goes to which team? philly seems most aggressive, yanks have admitted interest in machado but downplayed interest in harper (they have had internal and external BH talks however)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 21, 2018
We wouldn’t necessarily call this a rumor, but Smash Mouth knows a thing or two about All-Stars.
KHRIS DAVIS is currently the best Power Hitter in the @MLB @Athletics time for a raise. Bryce Harper makes double. Congrats Khris! @MLBONFOX @mlb— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) September 2, 2018
Apparently, you can bank on Harper signing with Philly.
The Bryce Harper extravaganza is here. Best bet is that he will sign with the #Phillies. You can bank on it. https://t.co/uPnNBwgN9r v— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 8, 2018
Harper and Trout, you say?
From @jaysonst: Bryce Harper *and* Mike Trout together in Philly someday? It’s not as crazy as it might sound: https://t.co/FPjJWxvEQF— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) November 23, 2018
Oh yeah, and the Phillies want to spend “stupid” amounts of money this offseason.
John Middleton says he expects to “maybe even be a little stupid” about how much money the #Phillies spend this winter. Want to bet Scott Boras will test Middleton’s definition of stupid? Story, via @phillysport: https://t.co/3qWvOnBghF— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) November 16, 2018
Remember that time Harper hit leadoff?
San Diego Padres:
“There’s No. 1!”
San Francisco Giants:
Despite some suggesting the Giants would be a good fit for Harper, the team is effectively staying out of it.
"We want him to go with what’s successful for him.” For Farhan Zaidi, that has meant avoiding contracts like the one Bryce Harper wants. The Giants are now an unlikely Harper destination. Story: https://t.co/osF4RHyhRQ— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) November 7, 2018
Harper hits two bombs at Safeco.
St. Louis Cardinals:
This tweet threw some members of Cardinals Twitter into a frenzy. Seriously. (Note the original tweet is from 2013.)
A throwback for the Bryce-Harper- would-never-come-here crowd https://t.co/v0JtEjfHUa— Ben Frederickson (@Ben_Fred) October 12, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays:
When Sports Illustrated said high school Harper could hit 500-foot home runs, they were talking about this one — when he hit the catwalk at Tropicana Field.
They just don’t have the money.
Why the #TexasRangers won't be signing Manny Machado or Bryce Harper this offseason | @newyscruggs https://t.co/gfoRLDYWUu— SportsDay Rangers (@dmn_rangers) November 15, 2018
Toronto Blue Jays:
Harper belts a deep ball north of the border, and a reporter just had to ask…
Washington offered its homegrown star a reported $300 million.
Nationals’ offer to Bryce Harper was roughly $300 million for 10 years — so an AAV of $30 million — according to multiple people familiar with it. No opt outs.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) November 7, 2018
But took it off the table once he rejected it.
The Washington #Nats say that their $300 million offer to Bryce Harper is no longer on the table although it doesn’t preclude talks from resuming before they make financial outlay for others. https://t.co/HTWNhZWKjz— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 7, 2018
They would still like to resume negotiations, though.
while the nats' offer to bryce harper of about 300M over 10 years is technically "off the table" now, they would welcome him to return to talk about it, & that holds until they've spent the $ (or a large chunk of it) elsewhere. harper is busy looking around at this time however.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 8, 2018
But will have to be willing to sign a record-setting contract in order to do it.
#Nationals surely knew Harper and Scott Boras would never accept $300M without opt-outs as first offer. Nats could still be fallback if Harper does not get what he wants - if they are willing to wait. Bar now set for other interested teams. Harper goal: Beat Stanton’s $325M. https://t.co/kbeFlpXfDO— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 7, 2018