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Bryce Harper Bruises Foot, Phillies Aren't Concerned

Mar 16, 2019 7:26 AM

Bryce Harper suffered a bruised right foot when he was hit by a pitch during a spring training game Friday.

However, the Philadelphia Phillies aren't overly concerned about the injury.

Initial X-rays were negative.

"Bryce has a right foot contusion," Gabe Kapler said. "Right now we don't have reason for major concern, but obviously we want to go inside and take a look first.

"Certainly extra scary given where we are in camp. We're confident and we understand we have a good club on the field, and we're confident that Bryce is going to be all right."

Harper was hit by a 96 mph fastball from Toronto Blue Jays rookie Trent Thornton.


Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Injury, Misc Rumor

Bryce Harper - A Career Timeline Video

Mar 14, 2019 5:45 PM

Bryce Harper is only 26 years old still, but he's had a unique path in MLB as a former prodigy and early MVP who will now be with the Phillies for the remainder of his career.

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Nats' Bryce Harper Offer Had $100M In Deferred Money Until He Was 65

Mar 11, 2019 12:52 PM

The Washington Nationals offered Bryce Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract, but it had $100 million in money that would be deferred until he was 65 years old.

"I grew up in front of those fans and that city, and I enjoyed every minute of it," Harper said. "But I didn't know if I fit into their plans. About $100 million of that contract was deferred 'til I was 65 years old.

"It's like, 'What does that do for me? What does that do for my family?'"

Harper eventually agreed to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies on a 13-year, $330 million contract.

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Aaron Nola To Start On Opening Day For Phillies

Mar 9, 2019 9:22 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have named Aaron Nola their Opening Day starter against the Atlanta Braves.

The Phillies signed Nola to a four-year, $45 million extension last month.

He went 17-6 last year with a 2.37 ERA and 0.975 WHIP.


Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

Scott Boras Talking To Multiple Teams About Dallas Keuchel

Mar 7, 2019 8:04 AM

Scott Boras claims the market for Dallas Keuchel is beginning to pick up.

"You really have to let the market come to you," the agent said. "It's amazing that it hasn't in an earlier timeframe. It is now, because we're in discussion with a number of teams about Dallas.

"The best that we can do is that the need for the player and the demand for the players is something where the best pitchers and the best players, in this system -- as it was with [Jake] Arrieta last year or J.D. Martinez, who was a near-MVP -- these guys are not signing until March. It's not because they're not valuable."

The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies remain linked to Keuchel.


Tags: Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Angels Upset As Bryce Harper Continues To Lobby For Mike Trout

Mar 6, 2019 7:51 AM

Bryce Harper has again lobbied for Mike Trout to join him with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2021, a possible violation of Major League Baseball's tampering rule.

Major League Baseball hasn't said whether it will look into Harper's remarks, but Billy Eppler told the Los Angeles Times that team has been in touch with the league regarding Harper's comments.

Rule 3(k) reads: "To preserve discipline and competition, and to prevent the enticement of players, coaches, managers and umpires, there shall be no negotiations or dealings respecting employment, either present or prospective, between any player, coach or manager and any Major or Minor League Club other than the Club with which the player is under contract."

Trout, 27, is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season.

"If you don't think I'm gonna call Mike Trout to come to Philly in 2020, you're crazy," Harper told SportsRadio 94WIP in Philadelphia on Tuesday.


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Bryce Harper Told Phillies He Sought Lifetime Deal Without Opt Outs

Mar 5, 2019 4:26 PM

Bryce Harper was looking for a long-term deal without an opt-out clause and a no-trade clause in his contract.

Harper told the Philadelphia Phillies he wanted to go to one place and know which hat he'd wear to Cooperstown.

The Phillies were unsure whether this was a negotiating ploy or sincere, but they found his position to be genuine. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers were offering a short-term deal to Harper so they could maintain long-term flexibility. 

Scott Boras engaged the Phillies the day after Manny Machado agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres. Philadelphia's first offer was $330 million over 15 years on Feb. 24. During internal brainstorming, the Phillies considered a 20-year deal. The Phillies held firm on $330 million and were flexible on years.

When the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants then met with Harper in Las Vegas, Boras countered to the Phillies with a three- or four-year deal with a $40 million annual average. Then they countered with a six- or seven-year deal with a $35 million average offer to combat the strategies of the Dodgers and Giants.

Harper's camp wanted a record length, a recover overall total and a record average annual value. The Phillies said to feel free to take it if they could get it from a rival team.

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Bryce Harper's Phillies Jersey Sets Sales Record

Mar 5, 2019 7:47 AM

Bryce Harper's new Philadelphia Phillies jersey set a Fanatics record by becoming the top online seller in any sport for any player during the first 48 hours after its launch.

The previous mark belonged to LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers jersey.

Harper's No. 3 Phillies jersey became available to the public at 2:10 p.m. ET Saturday.

He signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies last week.

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Bryce Harper Wants Winning Legacy

Mar 3, 2019 8:51 PM

From the roof of a dugout inside the Phillies' spring training home Saturday, Bryce Harper was formally introduced by his new club.

Focused, he said, on establishing a long, winning career in a place where he also felt a strong familial connection, Harper and agent Scott Boras adamantly reiterated their belief that with a 13-year, $330 million, opt-out-free deal, Philadelphia will be that place.

Harper, who will be 39 when the deal expires, expects the red No. 3 pinstripe jersey he put on during his news conference to be the last big league uniform he wears.

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Dodgers Were Willing To Offer Bryce Harper $45M Per Year

Mar 1, 2019 8:04 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers were willing to offer Bryce Harper $45 million per year in their talks with the outfielder, according to a report.

Harper agreed to a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

The deal with the Dodgers would have been over four years, which would have allowed Harper to become a free agent again at age 30. He also would have set the record for baseball's highest AAV.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Phillies, Bryce Harper Agree To $330M Deal
The contract is for 13 years and $330 million and includes no opt-outs.

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Bryce Harper Favorite To Win NL MVP
One Las Vegas sportsbook is confident Bryce Harper will land in the National League.

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Bryce Harper To Choose Between Phillies, Dodgers, Giants This Week
Bryce Harper is expected to reach his free agency decision by the end of the current week.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Bryce Harper, Phillies Nearing Crossroads In Negotations
The Phillies remain confident that they are going to sign Bryce Harper.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Phillies Owner To Meet With Bryce Harper In Vegas
John Middleton flew to Las Vegas on Friday to meet with free-agent Bryce Harper.

Bryce Harper Has Turned Down 'Multiple' $300M-Plus Offers
Bryce Harper has turned down "multiple offers over $300 million in recent weeks," according to a report.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Manny Machado Agrees To Sign 10-Year, $300M Deal With Padres
Manny Machado finished last season with the Dodgers.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Mike Trout On Phillies Speculation: I Can't Predict The Future
Mike Trout won't be a free agent for a few years, but he's already being asked about potentially ending up with the Phillies.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Talks 'Intensifying' Between Bryce Harper, Phillies
Nothing appears to be imminent as Bryce Harper's free agency drags on and reports come and go.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Phillies, Aaron Nola Agree Upon Four-Year, $45M Extension
The extension buys out Aaron Nola's three years of salary arbitration eligibility, plus his first free-agent year.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Bryce Harper Won't Consider Short-Term Deals
Bryce Harper met with the Giants, who reported would prefer to land him on a lucrative short-term deal.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Oddsmakers Now Favor Giants To Sign Bryce Harper
The Giants have quickly risen to the top in the "race" for Bryce Harper.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Phillies Acquire J.T. Realmuto From Marlins
The Marlins will receive Jorge Alfaro, pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart, and an international bonus slot.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Marlins Demanding Prospect From Phillies In J.T. Realmuto Trade
If the Phillies are going to acquire J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins, they are going to have to include Sixto Sanchez in the deal.

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Phillies Remain Confident They'll Land Harper Or Machado
Teams have shuffled in-and-out of the mix for free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but the Phillies remain confident they'll land one of the superstars.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Nolan Arenado's Looming Extension Could Affect Harper, Machado
The value of Nolan Arenado's extension with the Rockies could drive up the demands of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Jimmy Rollins Returns To Phillies As Special Adviser
He will serve as a spring training coach and work in community outreach programs, among other duties.

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Video Game Company Teases Possible Bryce Harper Announcement
MLB The Show sent out a tweet Monday afternoon hinting that Bryce Harper has something to reveal on social media.

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Roy Halladay Won't Have Team Logo On HOF Plaque
Roy Halladay won't have a team logo on his Hall of Fame plaque when he's inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame later this year.

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Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mussina Voted Into HOF
Mariano Rivera becomes the first player ever voted in unanimously.

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