- The Washington Times - Monday, February 25, 2019

Could this have been the so-called “mystery team” in the Bryce Harper talks?

The Los Angeles Dodgers re-entered the Harper sweepstakes and met with him Sunday night in Las Vegas, multiple reports said.

An ESPN report added that the Dodgers prefer to do a short-term deal with the free agent outfielder.

The Dodgers were presumed to be out of the running for Harper earlier this winter. They cleared some space by trading away outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, but when they gave a four-year contract to free agent A.J. Pollock, baseball insiders assumed they were no longer pursuing Harper.

For weeks, the list seemed to be whittled down to the favored Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants.

Manny Machado recently signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres, so Harper may want a deal of similar length.

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