Bryce Harper

In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper takes off his batting helmet after he flied out during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Washington. The Nationals made an offer to Harper late in the season in an attempt to reach a deal before he became a free agent. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo disclosed the talks with agent Scott Boras at the general managers' meetings on Tuesday, Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

At least one national baseball writer has hitched himself to the “Harper-to-the-Phillies” wagon.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale thinks the Phils are a shoo-in to sign Harper.

Harper, 26, has spent his entire career in Washington but reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nats before the end of the 2018 season.

Nightengale asserts the other suitors in the race for Harper can be eliminated.

The Cubs, Dodgers, Cardinals and Giants are all out, while Nightengale says Manny Machado prefers to go to the Yankees, which links up with Buster Olney’s report earlier Wednesday that the Yankees are out on Harper as well.

All these factors lead Harper to Philadelphia.

“Bank on it,” Nightengale writes.

Chasing Craig Kimbrel

The Phillies bullpen was hot and cold for most of the season.

Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek missed a lot of time, and young closer Seranthony Dominguez started strong but struggled down the stretch.

But could the Phillies be in the market for a big-name closer this winter?

MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reported Wednesday the Phillies have interest in former Red Sox flamethrower Craig Kimbrel.

A new backstop?

Elsewhere, we could have an early bidding war on our hands for former Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, as MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand and Joe Frisaro are reporting that many as eight to 10 teams could be in the market for Realmuto’s services.

Realmuto slashed .277/.340/.434 in 125 games for the Marlins last season. He bashed 21 home runs and racked up 74 RBIs.

He could be an ideal fit for the Phillies if they decide against bringing back 31-year-old Wilson Ramos, and they are not fully committed to Jorge Alfaro as the everyday starter behind the plate.

The Mets are on the prowl for catching help, as Morosi reported Wednesday. The club has shown interest in former Dodger Yasmani Grandal.

Grandal hit .241/.349/.446 with 24 home runs and 68 RBIs in 140 games last season. Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plewecki battled injuries for most of last season, making Grandal an ideal target for the Mets.

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