Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly back in the mix for Bryce Harper

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during an interleague baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday

Report: Phillies are in ‘deep and serious’ talks with Bryce Harper

After seemingly dropping out of the race for MLB's top free agent several weeks ago, L.A. might be a real player to sign the 26-year-old. And while we don't know whether Harper would be open to such a contract, The Athletic's Jayson Stark reported the superstar slugger prefers to land with a West Coast team.

"It changes the team", McCutchen said, adding that signing Harper would be "amazing".

This rumor continues to persist as Harper remains unsigned well into spring training.

Even though some reports indicated this was only a meeting, and a deal was still unlikely to happen, it didn't stop Phillies fans from thinking about the possibility of Harper being part of the team by the end of the weekend, especially if Middleton brought his checkbook. The Phillies are still seen as the favorite, but the Los Angeles Dodgers have apparently re-entered the picture.

Because the saga still, somehow, has not ended, it is clear Bryce Harper has not found the offer that makes him happy.

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"I saw a helicopter circling over here the other day and we were joking, saying it would be amusing if he just landed here and got out", outfielder Andrew McCutchen told NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury on Saturday.

But Harper would give the Phillies a much-needed marquee name.

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) jogs into the dugout in between innings in an Major League Baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 7, 2017, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.

Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals celebrates his run at the dugout from a Daniel Murphy #20 sacrifice fly to take a 2-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Manny Machado got $300 million, so if the Phillies can not spend $300 million on Machado (who they wanted more than Harper because he is a better overall player), then they should not be spending over $300 million on Harper either.

Maybe it'll be the Dodgers taking advantage of this freaky market to land Harper on a surprising deal.

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