Major League Baseball hot stove: White Sox offer contract to Manny Machado, report says
07 January, 2019, 03:14 | Author: Rachael Silva
On the weekend before Christmas, a second meeting resulted in an offer of "much more" according to former big-league GM Jim Bowden.
With all the uncertainty, especially with fellow free agent Manny Machado on the verge of making his decision, Harper is primed to become the prized signee of the 2018-19 Major League Baseball offseason. But when seeing how Philadelphia seemed to already be a long shot based off the last couple of weeks, would an upcoming meeting with Harper really change anything?
The Nationals reportedly pulled their 10-year, $300 million contract offer to re-sign the star outfielder back in November.
It can be assumed that Harper also has emotional ties to the Washington organization. While these stats aren't eye-popping, Harper's career stats show 2018 to be an anomaly for a player primed for the best years of his career.
For instance, a four-year deal at a guaranteed $160 million ($40 mill per season average) could put Harper back into the free agent market again at age 30.
For the Dodgers and Harper, there have been all kinds of rumors about how close they might be to a deal.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, via MLB.com, the Nationals representatives and Harper have met on numerous occasions over the winter with a source close to the player reportedly predicting that the player's free agency could stretch into February. Clearly, with the meetings, and the timing of those meetings, there does seem to be some level of interest on the Nats' side as well as Harper's.
The White Sox might find themselves "relatively close" to the Dodgers in the competition for Harper, that is if they don't want to go past seven years and if the Dodgers have no interest in a big, decade-long pact.
Washington's rival is making a push to sign their superstar.
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