7:00 PM : Harper's market is still "emerging," as Heyman puts his latest tweet . The Phillies are still seen as the best team to land Harper, although the outfielder has received some long-term deals with an average annual cost of more than $ 30MM per season. However, even according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today ( Twitter link ), Harper is "the ultimate recipient" of a bigger contract than ten
Philadelphia recognized Harper on January 10, though he and the target superstar / Phillies Manny Machado had a stirring presence in the market since then. Both Giants and Padres since joining the race for Harper, who, like two weeks ago, have drawn interest from "at least" eight teams, Heyman reported. However, only five players were identified, including the club Harper-the Nationals – including the Phillies, Giants, Padres and White Sox. The Yankees and Mets are two teams that can be excluded, Andy Martino of SNY tweets.
Harper entered the offseason looking for a contract worth up to $ 300MM – a figure that he can still match or exceed, despite the unexpected long-stay market. And the Phillies have arguably in better positions than anyone to bid a generous amount for Harper, as they come in winter hoping to spend "stupid" money, according to the owner of John Middleton. The big market team was aggressively improving its record to this point, adding J.T. The Realmuto Jean Segura Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson but it is not spending a brow increase in any of the players. However, despite these upgrades, the Phillies were still not very well in the field, including Odubel Herrera Roman Quinn and Aaron Altherr as their best option besides McCutchen. Harper's 26-year-old exploded into the group out of the water, needless to say, and his presence could significantly boost the possibility of the Phillies breaking their seven playoff drought in 2019.
Must if Harper go to Philly, will be removed a prime suitor for Machado, as the club only wants to sign one of two. Without the Phillies in the mix, the Machado seemed to be left to choose between Padres and White Sox, who had courted her, though it was possible that a former player like the Yankees or a mysterious team could join in their race to sign him.