"I'm comfortable with the alternative (to signing Harper)", Rizzo said Tuesday.
First, and possibly the most important, is the recent report that Harper had rejected a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals to remain in Washington.
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.
Bryce Harper's free agency - or, as agent Scott Boras termed at the GM Meetings today, "Harper's Bazaar" - will be one of the most fascinating storylines the 2018-19 offseason has to offer. The deal did not include a no-trade clause, per the same report.
"He's shown the type of player he is, and now he's a grizzled veteran, " Rizzo said.
The total worth of Harper's next contract will largely be determined by its length, but the six-time All-Star is expected to ink a deal worth at least $31 million per year, according to Spotrac.
It seems like every day a new Major League Baseball team emerges as a candidate to land the hottest free agent on the market, Bryce Harper.
As there continues to be speculation about Bryce Harper and the Yankees, a well-placed source emphatically says: "It's not happening". "He has done a lot in the game already, and he is just scratching the surface". However, the Phillies are now seen as the frontrunner to land Harper this offseason. Though it feels unlikely that he'll have a better season than his 2015 National League MVP season - a season in which he hit.330 with 42 home runs and a staggering 9.3 fWAR - many of his best career years should still be in front of him. Boras also has Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg as clients.