According to Nightengale's sources the Phillies are completely in. They just won't get him if another team is right there with them.
Agent Scott Boras, starting to receive the offers he envisioned when Bryce Harper’s free agency began 117 days ago, has begun circling back with other teams in recent days, three people with direct knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports, seeing if they are in or out in the final hand of this high-stakes poker game.
These people, who declined to speak publicly since talks are on-going, have been told the Dodgers, Giants and Phillies have vowed to provide Harper with either the biggest overall free-agent contract in North American sports history, or the largest average annual salary anyone has ever received in the sport.
Would you go to $375? $40 million AAV for six years? I probably wouldn't, and that's where the disappointment goes back to Manny, since they could have had him for $325 and no draft pick. Unlike Harper he didn't particularly want to be on the West Coast.
It does seem to me that once they saw what the market for Manny was and that no other team had even gone higher than $250 or $275, they thought they could get Harper for just a hair more than Manny, rather than for $350, because there was no indication at that point than any other team would go there either. Now somebody has raised the pot. Problem is the West Coast thing is the best hand too.