Most Philadelphia Phillies fans would be extremely disappointed if their team did not land one of Bryce Harper or Manny Machado this offseason, and one prominent MLB reporter still believes they are going to sign the former.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today has been predicting since early in the offseason that Harper will end up with the Phillies. While reports lately have indicated that the Washington Nationals are making a push to keep Harper, Nightengale is not backing down from his prediction. In an appearance on the 94WIP High Hopes Podcast with Jack Fritz and James Seltzer, Nightengale said he thinks the Phillies signing Harper is “more probable than ever before.”
“The Cubs aren’t involved, the Dodgers—the Dodgers would probably be his first choice because he lives in Vegas, Spring Training in Arizona and everything else,” he said. “I still got Bryce Harper going to the Phillies.”