At least five teams are believed to still be in contact, though Philadelphia, San Francisco and perhaps Washington have more of a chance than San Diego and the Chicago White Sox, Heyman adds.
But as we noted last night per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Padres are bowing out of going after Harper following the acquisition of Manny Machado. Nightengale also reported today the White Sox are out on Harper.
So it would seem, barring a last-minute change, the three teams still in contact with Harper are the Phillies, Giants and Nationals.
Regarding the Giants, Jon Heyman notes they are telling people they are trying hard for Harper. However, people that have spoken to the Giants brass said they are not necessarily overly optimistic.
Harper’s contract is expected to surpass the 10-year $300 million deal Machado got from the Padres.