By Sam Bush
The Phillies are the one team not shy about admitting it can dangle big mountains of cash in front of Harper.
The Phillies’ current projected payroll, according to Cot’s Contracts data, sits at $162.5 million, well below the $206 million tax threshold.
But they also have few long-term commitments beyond 2020, with just Aaron Nola, Jean Segura, Scott Kingery and Andrew McCutchen signed for more than two seasons.
From a baseball standpoint, the Phillies were also just 11th in the National League in runs scored, and their right-handed-heavy lineup could use a lefty masher.