Why Are Manny Machado and Bryce Harper Still Free Agents?

Why Are Manny Machado and Bryce Harper Still Free Agents?

It was reported back in late January that the Padres had interest in Machado and fellow free agent Bryce Harper.

Things could've been a lot different if the team had traded for Bryce Harper, because they were actually close to pulling it off. Harper is looking for a 10-year, $300M offer, but seems unlikely to get one now.

We'd heard all offseason that Machado was chasing the biggest deal out there, and it sure sounds like San Diego offered it.

Harper slashed.249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs, 100 RBI, and a league-high 130 walks over 695 plate appearances in 2018.

And earlier this month, the San Francisco Giants entered the picture after meeting with Harper in his hometown of Las Vegas. It looks nearly certain that he will sign a deal that will set a record whether it is long-term or a short-term one that will allow the 26-year-old to enter free agency again in his prime.

The shortstop, who can also play at third base, will certainly strengthen their team further and make them one of the main contenders from the East.

It's the second time the Padres have met with Machado.

The White Sox, the New York Yankees, and the Philadelphia Phillies are said to be the three teams in the hunt for Machado this offseason, with the player having met all three franchises in December.

Manny Machado got his $300 million, it just wasn't with the White Sox.

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