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SportCould Manny Machado wind up getting more than Bryce Harper in free agency?

23:30  11 december  2018
23:30  11 december  2018 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

MLB execs reveal where they believe Bryce Harper, Manny Machado will sign

MLB execs reveal where they believe Bryce Harper, Manny Machado will sign Bryce Harper and Manny Machado could very well sign the two biggest free agent deals in MLB history at some point this offseason, and there are only so many teams with pockets deep enough to accommodate their demands. 

Bryce Harper is Bryce Harper , of course, and it’s important to use caution when trying to read tea leaves based on winter-meeting rumors. The Phillies have already signed one free - agent outfielder — Andrew McCutchen — and are reportedly more interested in Machado than Harper .

Manny Machado and Bryce Harper Getty Images (2). More from Plenty still will happen between now and early November, when Machado and Bryce Harper finally hit free agency after what feels like decades of anticipation. Well, after Bryce Harper and Manny Machado , suddenly 2019 is looking a

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In short: Hey, maybe!

In slightly longer: With MLB's annual winter meetings ongoing in Las Vegas this week, agents for both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are meeting with interested teams. The rumor mill's slow churn suggests either player will ink a new contract before the week is out, but based on what team executives have said and what has been reported to date, it seems like there are more big-spending teams interested in Machado than Harper.

Entering the offseason, the consensus assumption around the sport held that Harper would finish the winter with the biggest contract in MLB history, but from a baseball standpoint it's hardly absurd to assert that Machado should get more. They're almost the exact same age - Machado's less than four months older than Harper - and Machado has been a more valuable player both across their careers and in recent seasons. Nothing on Machado's resume implies the type of offensive upside Harper showed in his astonishing 2015 campaign, but Machado has been more consistent and more consistently healthy.

Six teams reportedly interested in Manny Machado

Six teams reportedly interested in Manny Machado Free agent shortstop Manny Machado’s market is strong as we move toward the MLB Winter Meetings. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, six teams have registered their interest in Machado. Three of them — the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and Philadelphia Phillies — are known commodities. Rosenthal adds, however, that at least three other teams have voiced their preliminary interest. It’s not just the #Phillies, #WhiteSox and #Yankees that have interest in Manny Machado.

Bryce Harper is among the best players in baseball. Why can ’t he get a contract befitting his status? CreditCreditRob Carr/Getty Images. Have you, they asked, thought of bidding on outfielder Bryce Harper or infielder Manny Machado , the two young star free agents who improbably have attracted

The markets for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper aren't as robust as anticipated. It's even worse for the rest of the free agent market. Those franchises left were more than happy to wait out the players, knowing that, as spring training arrived, they would sign whatever they could get to avoid

Bryce Harper is Bryce Harper, of course, and it's important to use caution when trying to read tea leaves based on winter-meeting rumors. Executives and agents operate in all different ways, and presumably sometimes there's some misdirection in what's floated to the public.

But Yankees GM Brian Cashman cited his club's surplus of outfielders when asked about Harper. The Cardinals also say they're out. The Nationals don't expect him back. The Phillies have already signed one free-agent outfielder - Andrew McCutchen - and are reportedly more interested in Machado than Harper. The Dodgers could pursue Harper, but they'd need to clear room for him first.

The White Sox have money to spend and reportedly want Harper, but they're in on Machado, too. The Yankees and Phillies are making few secrets of their pursuit of the infielder.

Yankees might be forcing Manny Machado to make a tough decision

Yankees might be forcing Manny Machado to make a tough decision The Yankees are broadcasting that there are spending limits they aren’t willing to exceed. Will star free agent lower his demands to play in New York?

Bryce ? Manny ? Both? Or steer clear. You can argue that the dual free agency of Harper and Machado is one of the best one-two punches we've had in any market since free agency Where will they end up ? Who knows? Rather than making that prediction, I'm going to look at where they best fit.

The young free agents are among the most valuable players ever to hit the market at such an early age. It’s silly that the baseball world even needs this reminder, but here goes: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are wonderful players, and any fan base should be happy to call either or both of

Again, there's likely a lot happening that we're not hearing about, and a lot can change. But right now, it sure sounds like there are more teams chasing Machado than chasing Harper, and so, you know, maybe Machado winds up with the record contract. It'd still be kind of surprising.

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