Bryce Harper to Phillies? Lots of smoke on Sunday

Bryce Harper to Phillies? Lots of smoke on Sunday

That makes sense, as the Giants and Phillies appear to be the two favorites to land Harper, and if San Francisco only offered him a short-term deal, then Philadelphia figures to be the most likely landing spot. The exact total of the Machado offer is, as Heyman noted, an estimate, as that deal could include deferred money or some adjustment based on California's higher taxation rates. In addition, SNY's Andy Martino tweeted that among rival clubs, there is a "definite sense" that the Phillies are in the lead for Harper. He's a six-time All-Star and already has a N.L. MVP award under his belt.

Whether he signs with the Padres or the White Sox, or perhaps pivots to the Phillies, Machado will do just fine in free agency, it appears, after a long winter's wait.

Jon Heyman of MLB Network dished the latest on Monday morning in an apperance on "Joe, Lo & Dibs". Considering the Giants are loaded with unappealing contracts (such as Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Mark Melancon), that report may very well take them out of the running. However, the Harper-Phillies match is "the most likely", per Heyman. He figures to fit well with their group of young stars, and on paper, Philadelphia looked to be the best landing spot for him. It remains to be seen if Machado wants to play in San Diego.

Harper, 26, slashed.249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs, despite struggling for much of the first half of the 2018 season.

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