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Spotrac lists the Phillies at $82.7 million before additions and the Yankees at $120.8 million.

Regardless, the reports indicate that free agency could continue to move at a glacial pace.

Phillies officials have planned a face-to-face meeting with Bryce Harper in his hometown of Las Vegas over "the next week or so", a person close to the player told Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. Harper feels about Philadelphia. With Machado already having very public meetings with those two teams and the Yankees, who have downplayed any interest in Harper, it's been believed that Machado would be the first to sign.




However, if the Phillies, Chicago White Sox, or some other team were to offer, say, a full 10-year deal at or above $400 million total value, such security would likely prove hard to turn down.

From a baseball perspective, bringing back Harper would round out the Nationals' outfield with Juan Soto and Adam Eaton while prospect Victor Robles would have more time to develop after a solid 2018 season. However, they were also not willing to entertain the player's demands and were planning to offer a short-term deal with a larger average annual income.

The Washington Nationals, for whom Harper played between 2012 and 2018 are also interested in reuniting with the right-fielder and are not willing to leave the race for his signature. The only winning team with a clear path to Harper is the Dodgers after they traded away Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig. If the answer is more years then the Dodgers will miss out on Harper but if the answer is winning then the Dodgers have a genuine chance of reeling Harper in. I understand there are some warts with any free agent, and that's true with Harper and Machado, but it would be nuts to me if they wind up signing a seven-year deal, even at $30 million AAV.


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