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Padres Have Made Serious Bids For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

Padres Have Made Serious Bids For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

In addition, SNY's Andy Martino tweeted that among rival clubs, there is a "definite sense" that the Phillies are in the lead for Harper.

The Phillies indicated early in the offseason that they planned on making a big splash in free agency, spending "stupid money" in the process. "I tried to reach out to Scott Boras and the Boras Corporation, I tried to reach out to GM Matt Klentak of the Phillies this morning. I leave it out on the field every night, every day and I go from there". I don't think he is going to sign a short-term deal.

The Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres have been switching positions as the front runners for Harper since December, with the latter two being late entrants into the race. There were many other teams, including the Dodgers, that also did the same thing - offered a short-term deal.

Harper reportedly turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals. "Obviously, losing's not fun, but I enjoy playing this game". The Padres did always make sense as a mystery team, however.

That's what it's all about - trying to create leverage here.

The two-time AL MVP is owed $33.25 million in each of the next two seasons, completing a $144.5 million, six-year contract.

One point Bowden made during the interview was how badly Harper wants to win "right now".

Also, if a deal between Harper and the Phillies does end up taking place, it looks like it could top the hefty $325 deal signed by Giancarlo Stanton back in 2014, which sounds insane just to think about. The Padres at least a couple years away. Boras gets bailed out again by an owner.

The Phillies' first full squad workout is set for Monday.


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