Padres make 'serious' offers to Machado, Harper

Padres make 'serious' offers to Machado, Harper

Padres make 'serious' offers to Machado, Harper

Bryce Harper is a six-time All-Star. The White Sox are years away.

Alas, Harper remains a free agent as the two teams continue to talk.

Back on Saturday, Jim Bowden, the former front office exec turned insider, said that Harper appeared to be "rounding third" on a deal with the Phillies. On Sunday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tabbed the Phillies has the favorite to sign Harper as things are becoming "intensified".

USA Today's Bob Nightengale was even more definitive. That's how this offseason has gone. Offseason acquisitions J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura will fortify catcher, left field and shortstop respectively, and Harper would usurp Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr and Roman Quinn in the corner outfield spot opposite McCutchen. But their reluctance to offer a long-term deal saw them drop out of the race as Harper was said to be focused on landing a long-term deal north of $300 million.

The Bryce Harper and Manny Machado sweepstakes are heating up and are said to be nearing their ends, with both players close to confirming their next destinations after a winter of constant speculation as numerous teams were in the running for the two in-demand free agents.

All along, the Phillies have been among the top rumored suitors for Harper (and Machado, for that matter).

The Padres emerged as a late entry in the Machado derby and have reportedly met with him. The Padres, much like the Sox, have a good farm system and likely has a bright future ahead. And now they appear willing to spend what it will take.

Looking at the ledger, Heyman suggested that Harper likes the West Coast and the city of San Francisco, but pointed out that the cavernous ballpark is not a pro.

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