Agents and executives reportedly believe Phillies will land Bryce Harper

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The Washington Nationals are still contenders to sign Bryce Harper, though they will have plenty of competition for the biggest star on the market.

"We didn't get anything done, but he's a guy that is near and dear to us and we're not closing any doors", Rizzo said.

Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is the highest-paid player in baseball with a 13-year, $325 million deal.

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Phillies are likely to sign free agent superstar Bryce Harper.

They reportedly touched base with the Nationals on him at the non-waiver trade deadline this past season and claimed Harper on waivers less than a month later, although the two teams were unable to come to an agreement on a trade. But if they do, it nearly certainly won't be that deal, and Mike Rizzo acknowledged Tuesday his team can not afford to wait around.

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With a strong rotation led by Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta along with Rhys Hoskins seeming like a player that's only going to get better with experience, there's a lot of potential surrounding this Phillies team heading into 2019, whether it looks that way or not.

Harper will test the market in search of a more lucrative contract this winter along with other notable free agents, such as infielder Manny Machado. The New York Yankees gave Alex Rodriguez a 10-year deal worth $275 million in 2007.

At the general managers' meetings - where Boras is expected to address the media on Wednesday - Cashman smiled and said, "I don't know" when asked whether Harper could handle such a transition.

"Bank on it", Nightengale wrote of the Phillies signing Harper. But people familiar with the offer also indicate it is now off the table, an offer meant to capitalize on the Nationals' exclusive negotiating rights with Harper that stood for five weeks until the 26-year-old officially became a free agent. He's represented the Nationals at six All-Star games in seven seasons and has 184 career home runs.

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