The Bryce Harper saga rumbles on with no decision from the player yet, but the pecking order among the interested franchises seems to be slowly taking shape as the most sought-after free agent and his agent look to land a record-setting deal.
Even if the Philadelphia Phillies do not acquire Manny Machado, they appear eager to replace Maikel Franco at the hot corner no matter what for the 2019 season. On the other hand, there was also a Los Angeles Times report earlier this offseason that a "sale book" provided to potential investors - the Dodgers have been looking to sell a minority stake in the franchise for several years - showed that the franchise plans to remain under the luxury tax through 2022. Hmm. The White Sox, Yankees and Phillies have all been linked to Machado.
The White Sox are doing everything they can to entice free agent Manny Machado.
Sign Bryce Harper, and the Nationals easily could surpass the luxury-tax threshold for the third straight season.
The White Sox, New York Yankees, and Philadelphia Phillies are the three known teams involved in a bidding war for the 26-year-old free agent, but there may be an unknown club in the mix, sources told Levine. In the event that Machado does not sign with them, they would feel even more pressure to sign Harper. In this picture, Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals, is greeted with high fives by teammates after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Sept. 16, 2018.
The deal is for $4 million for one year, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale.