The Dodgers are not considering that kind of contract length but most believe LA is the preferred destination for Harper. The All-Star outfielder will reportedly have his pick of several long-term contracts.
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. The Phillies have expressed the most public interest in Harper, as owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas on Friday in an attempt to close a deal with the former Nationals star.
By extending Harper's contract to thirteen years, the Phillies also gave themselves room to negotiate for free agents in the future - specifically Philadelphia native Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, who becomes a free agent after the 2020 season.
After four months of free agency, Bryce Harper has finally made a decision.
According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman , the Phillies have offered Harper over $300 million, and believe they have the high bid. I know he wants to start a family here soon, so he wants some stability of area where you don't have to move around.
As Joel Sherman explains in the New York Post , the Dodgers can offer Harper some things the Phillies can't a team that plays close to home, and the appeal stardom beyond sport in Los Angeles. They ranked No. 29 in runs scored and home runs. This comes on the heels of Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reporting that the Giants have discussed a 10-year deal with Harper.
Their only true competition at this moment if they choose to pursue him are the Phillies.
The Phillies have been thought to be leading in the chase for Harper for weeks now, but now they feel like they're on the outside looking in.