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SportVerlander rips MLB over free agency season without Harper, Machado deals

22:46  11 february  2019
22:46  11 february  2019 Source:   12up.com

Report: Padres leaning toward Bryce Harper over Manny Machado

Report: Padres leaning toward Bryce Harper over Manny Machado As the long winter of MLB free agency rolls along without any real indication on where Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will land, the San Diego Padres reportedly have honed in on the former. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Saturday that, “Padres ownership is said to view Bryce Harper as a business/marketing opportunity.” Heyman also noted the Padres “may now lean toward Harper over Machado” despite having a need at third base. Of course, the overriding issue is whether the Padres have deep enough pockets and are willing to land such a big fish.

Verlander rips MLB over free agency season without Harper, Machado deals© Image by Adam Weinrib fweeg

​Baseball fans are rejoicing this week that pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, bringing us one step closer to Opening Day.

However, we are also entering the middle of February, and yet roughly 100 free agents still remain unsigned, including stars like ​Bryce Harper, ​Manny Machado and Craig Kimbrel.

It's been another miserable offseason for free agents, and Houston Astros ace ​Justin Verlander is fed up with it.

This is one of those areas where you can hold multiple opinions at once. Verlander is absolutely correct that the overall system is broken and something needs to be done to fix this. However, we can't destroy some of these small market teams for not spending and focusing on the future.

Let's be honest: Harper and Machado, specifically, are not signing with a rebuilding team. If they were actually open to it, why hasn't Machado signed with the Chicago White Sox and Harper with the San Diego Padres?

I 100 percent agree that players should be compensated handsomely. I'd rather players get paid big money than see owners stuffing their pockets. But outside of Max Scherzer, give me a mega deal that has actually worked? These astronomical contracts barely, if ever, lead to championships.

Boone nearly shuts door on Harper, Machado joining Yankees

Boone nearly shuts door on Harper, Machado joining Yankees New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone did everything on Tuesday but officially say the team won't be signing free-agent superstars Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. 

Harper and Machado are different because of their ages. However, it seems both players are dead set on getting a 10-year deal worth over $300 million. That doesn't seem like it's going to happen, and the longer they wait, the more it hurts the other free agents behind them.

MLB needs to do something to get teams more involved in free agency, and maybe it's time to enforce a salary floor. Overall, Verlander is not wrong. To have this many players without a job is bad for the sport, and if teams actually signed established big leaguers, maybe they wouldn't have to tear it down to the studs every couple of years.

Exploring solutions to MLB's free agent crisis.
As MLB teams are really getting into spring training, there’s an uneasy feeling that lingers. We have an undeniable disconnect between the players and the teams. This stems from what can only be called a free agent crisis. 

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