With the Eagles falling to the Saints this past Sunday, Philly fans have been waiting on the edge of their seats for a glimpse of happiness. Reports have been coming out left and right about where Manny Machado and Bryce Harper will eventually land. Let’s just say the next few weeks are going to be pretty crazy around the Major Leagues.
On Saturday, John Middleton, Matt Klentak and their staff headed out to Las Vegas to meet with the prized free agent Bryce Harper. Upon returning back to flurries of snow in Philadelphia, Klentak told WPVI-TV: “We got to ask him some questions, learn about him and I think that’s a really important step in any negotiation is kind of understanding what the other party is looking for. And now we’ll see where it take us.” Still, the Phillies have yet to make a formal offer to Harper.
Surprisingly, Harper does not have many options. It is known that the Nationals, Phillies, and Yankees are the only teams seriously considering making the left fielder an addition to their outfield.
For Machado, it’s been reported that both teams- Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies- have made their offers. Monday, multiple members of the media including Bob Nightengale said that the White Sox have offered Machado a 7 year deal, yet some have shot this down and said it is 8 years for a $250 million price tag
Earlier in the offseason, the White Sox acquired OF Jon Jay and 1B Yonder Alonso. Alonso is Machado’s brother-in-law, and Jon Jay trains with Machado during the offseason. To counter this, the Phillies went out and hired infield coach Bobby Dickerson, who has ties to Machado as well. Both teams are doing everything they can to lure the coveted free agent to their city.
This morning, John Kincade was on The Morning Show on 94.1WIP. He said when Middleton and Klentak were confronted outside the airport, they wanted to get Machado to blink and make a decision within the next week or two. It is inevitable that a Machado decision comes soon, almost definitely before Harper. Speaking to a reporter in Chicago, confidence is “very high” in the Sox organization. Many have said the same for Philadelphia as well.
It is hard to imagine seeing the 2019 Phillies Opening Day lineup without either Harper or Machado in it. At the start of free agency, Middleton told the public he might spend “stupid” money. Both players are looking for a pay day, and the Phillies seem to be willing to pay up.