Sources: Dodgers re-enter Harper sweepstakes

The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-entered the Bryce Harper sweepstakes and are interested in a short-term deal with the free-agent slugger, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

Harper met with the Philadelphia Phillies this past weekend in his hometown of Las Vegas, and the Phillies remain confident they are going to sign the former National League MVP, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The sides are nearing a crossroads in their negotiations, sources told Olney, after Phillies managing general partner John Middleton departed from Las Vegas on Saturday.

The Dodgers’ emergence potentially has thrown a wrench into the negotiations, although their interest would be limited to a short-term deal while the Phillies are prepared to sign Harper to a long-term contract. first reported the Dodgers’ re-engagement early Monday morning. Multiple Dodgers officials, including manager Dave Roberts, were seen in Las Vegas on Sunday, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by

The Dodgers initially reached out to Harper’s camp two weeks ago seeking a short-term deal, sources told Passan and ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

Other teams known to have met with Harper this winter include the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals, with whom Harper spent the first seven seasons of his career.

Harper, 26, is looking for a deal in excess of the 10-year, $300 million contract the Nationals reportedly offered him at the end of the regular season. He batted only .249 in 2018 but had 34 home runs and 100 RBIs and came on strong after the All-Star break.

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