After conducting a face-to-face meeting in Las Vegas with the free outfielder Bryce Harper Saturday, the Phillies "remain optimistic" who will come out of the offseason after signing or releasing him. agent infielder Manny Machado reports Matt Breen from Philly.com. At the very least, the Phillies will be finalists for both Harper and Machado, adds Breen.
The Phillies entered the winter with owner John Middleton stating that the money would not hinder the development of a team that lost the playoffs seven years in a row. And signing Harper or Machado has always stood out as the clearest way to improve the Phillies roster, as the two twenty-six superstars are easily the best players on the free market. Considering both the financial strength of the Phillies and their need for at least one of these players, it is "likely" that they will offer the richest offers for both Harper and Machado, according to Breen.
If the Phillies are able to choose one, it would be Machado, who "seem to prefer", writes Breen. However, the Phillies have "reported" that they too are interested in Harper ̵
As with Machado, Harper has less franchising him than expected this offseason. However, at least four teams – the Phillies, the White Sox, the Nationals and the Dodgers – appear to be in the running. It seems that the Nationals, with whom Harper has spent the whole of his career since he arrived for the first time in the 2010 draft, are particularly strong in the derby. Starting this week, the Nats would have raised their efforts to re-sign Harper, who have already extended at least a $ 300MM bid. Reports have indicated that Dodgers are not keen to make a long-term commitment, on the other hand, which means that Harper may have to choose between Phillies, White Sox and Nationals if he has any hope of reaching a contract from record