allentown...maybe your theory is correct but a case can be made that is one of those rare occasions where its possible the FIRST guy who signs will get the most money because most in the industry believe its the Phillies who have the most money to spend and if/when they are out the market collapses.
Seems to me it behooves Boras and Lozano to try and get as much as they can from the Phillies...and then sign as quickly as they can. Few believe the White Sox are going to go all "stupid money" crazy and reports are that their offer to MM s about $200 million. I have to believe A] the Yankees won't top that amount and B] the Phillies will.
As for Harper, his market is a bit unclear but Jim Peyton at PhuturePhillies indicated he was told early on that the Phils offered 9/360 right off the bat to Harper in order to get this over with and Boras wanted Harper to take it but Harper insisted on instead "making the Dodgers happen" at which time the Phils took the offer off the table since they realized they were bidding against themselves.
My guess is Boras is trying to get that offer back on the table by planting the rumor to Bowden that the Nats have gone higher than 10/300, which may or may not be true [Lerner will never say, it is in his and Boras's best interest to look like the Nats are still in it!]
As someone who does not believe the Phils will attempt to sign both players [have to keep some powder dry for Trout] it sure seems like if the Phils are not in the bidding the market collapses. Boras and Lozano would never publicly say this but it sure seems to ring true.