Padres 'Very Aggressive' With Offer To Manny Machado

Silvia Morton
February 14, 2019

The latest turn in the Harper saga has the San Francisco Giants entering the fray at the 11th hour.

A slow-moving offseason for free agents has carried over into the start of Spring Training, as upwards to 100 players are still looking for homes for the 2019 season.

Harper, specifically, established early in the free agency process that he is seeking a record-setting contract. insider Mark Feinsand has listed all of the contenders. It's unknown where the two sides stand with each other months later, though there are rumors that Harper won't return to his old team.

In that conversation, Nightengale, who predicted in the fall Harper would sign with Philadelphia, that the race for Harper is down to two teams: San Francisco and Philadelphia.

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Some have thought to count the Nationals out when it comes to Harper, but Feinsand (correctly, probably) says that is dumb.

The Yankees remain in play to sign free agent Manny Machado while the Padres have been "very aggressive" with their offer to him, according to a report from SNY.

Nightengale said Harper's decision will ultimately come down to the all-mighty dollar. The consensus is that Boras will give Nationals ownership a chance to exceed (or at least match) the biggest offer before Harper signs elsewhere.

It's possible that Philadelphia's offer might not be worth much more than the contract that San Francisco presents to Harper, though that's not the expectation.

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