By Julie Glass
How pissed off would Phillies fans be if they failed to sign free agent Bryce Harper, after having missed out on Manny Machado?
“I do believe it’s all about money,” NBCSP’s Jim Salisbury said on WIP yesterday. “I’ve heard the reports and the rumble that he doesn’t want to play in Philadelphia. I’ve asked people that are very, very close to him if that’s true and they say that it’s not true. We’ll see.”
Salisbury says the Phillies are aware of the backlash that will come from the fans if they do not land Harper.
“Right now all of the focus is on Harper,” Salisbury said of the Phillies. “(The Phillies) are aware there is enormous public pressure to do something. I think they are very much aware of the 326 number, which would beat the Stanton guarantee.”
According to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, it appears the Nationals are out of the race.
Salisbury says the “great unknown and probably the key question of this whole thing,” is who is competing against the Phillies. The Phillies, accrording to Salisbury, are really cautious in competing against themselves.
“Some teams have flat out said they are out of it.”