Speculation Bryce Harper is set to sign with Phillies ‘unfounded’
There’s been an inordinate amount of hype this week suggesting that Bryce Harper is set to sign a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, perhaps as soon as Tuesday. According to one MLB insider, that could not be further from the truth.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman has reported speculation surrounding an imminent deal between Harper and the Phillies is “unfounded.”
phillies are interested and in on bryce harper. but rumors of him signing today in philly are unfounded.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 29, 2019
The Phillies have long been viewed as among the front-runners to sign Harper, but according to Heyman, it is premature at this point to view anything as a done deal.
Much of the chatter concerning Harper signing with the Phillies stems from arguably dubious sources, questionable reasoning and what ultimately turned out to be flat-out falsehoods.
“MLB The Show,” which coincidentally will feature Harper on the cover of its upcoming edition, teased via Twitter Monday that a big announcement related to the superstar slugger was in the offing.
You'll want to keep an eye on this account tomorrow… just saying.— MLB The Show (@MLBTheShow) January 28, 2019
Get hyped: https://t.co/MeSPqa1pm2 pic.twitter.com/TIBlOBgif0
Also on Monday, photos of what appear to be Harper-Phillies bats were leaked online.
pic.twitter.com/q96PEuLHyJ— chris jones ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) January 28, 2019
It turns out the bats were manufactured just in case Harper signs with the Phillies, according to Victus, who makes the slugger’s bats.
Then, a Twitter account said to be owned by an employee of a Philly sports radio station that indicated Harper was signing with the Phillies turned out to be a complete fake.
All that said, the Phillies, considered the “heavy favorite” to sign Harper, could do as much, even as soon as this week. Given how Harper and Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler reportedly “hit it off” during a recent meeting certainly makes it seem like Philadelphia could be one of the free agent’s preferred destinations. It’s just that the reports circling early this week lack any serious merit, apparently.