Bryce Harper Rumors: All-Star Unsure Of Philadelphia

Sarris Why Manny Machado is a perfect fit for the Padres
Sarris Why Manny Machado is a perfect fit for the Padres

22 February, 2019

It would be the highest deal for a free agent, topping Alex Rodriguez's $275 million, 10-year contract with the New York Yankees from 2008-17. But news of the deal was greeted with euphoria on social media. That's kind of a big subplot of this part of the season. Maybe even an absurdly talented player. The Padres and the Chicago White Sox have been linked to Harper, too, though it seems highly unlikely that Harper would sign with them.

Two of the top remaining candidates to sign Harper include the Phillies and San Francisco Giants says Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

As a four-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove victor, hitting a career-high.297 for the Orioles and Dodgers in 2018, Machado figured to increase the White Sox chances of competing in 2019 for wins instead of just development of young players.

There's just one problem: he might not actually want to play in San Diego.

Machado, 26, is a career.282 hitter with 175 home runs and 513 RBIs. Giancarlo Stanton signed for $325 million over 10 years in 2014 as a member of the Miami Marlins.

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They also need to add more star power if they want to compete geographically with the Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels, both teams within reasonable driving distance of San Diego with the population booming in the affluent communities that lie between. The contract also reportedly contains a player opt-out after the fifth year. That isn't news to Phillies fans, who have seen the six-time All-Star homer 14 times at Citizens Bank Park in his career, the most home runs Harper has hit at any stadium other than Nationals Park.

Kenny Williams had a dark black White Sox coat and sunglasses, covered in the shade provided by the roof over his golf cart.

Machado was in town to take his physical for the team on Wednesday, and he will take a second physical on Thursday for the company that will insure the Padres on the contract.

As I have repeatedly commented, Harper makes more sense for the White Sox than Machado from the perspective of their team on the field and as a marketing investment.

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