21 February, 2019
The Padres didn't enter the Machado sweepstakes until late January but they've started to make some noise in their attempts to sign the superstar free agent.
The free-agent infielder and his wife met with Padres general manager A.J. Preller last week in Miami, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee.
That would not be the case if they were willing to take short-term deals, but both Harper and Machado are still holding out in hopes that they receive that long-term lucrative offer.
Harper reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals. That has not changed, and nor have my two favorite places for him. "Obviously, losing's not fun, but I enjoy playing this game". That includes Padres, Nats, Giants, Chisox, multiple mystery teams.
That's what it's all about - trying to create leverage here.
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Spring training has begun, and Bryce Harper is still unsigned.
The two-time AL MVP is owed $33.25 million in each of the next two seasons, completing a $144.5 million, six-year contract. When you look at the teams the odds markers are looking at, the Giants are years away. Machado, who has also been on the radar of the Phillies and the White Sox, was said to have an offer from the San Diego franchise for $250 million over eight years. "It's back to Philadelphia, and it gets back to Washington, for me, once again".
Trout, 27, did not want to discuss his contract situation on the Angels' first day of full squad workouts.
If the Phillies do end up striking out on Harper, however, it seems fairly obvious they are then going to go all-in on trying to sign Machado - something the front office might prefer anyway.