As Major League Baseball teams head to their respective training camps, stars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain free agents. Several teams are reportedly in the hunt for Harper, who reportedly tuned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Washington Nationals at the end of the season.
The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly believed to be the leaders for Harper, according to a report from the Star-Telegram. Despite reportedly turning down a significant offer from the Nationals, the nation’s capitol remains squarely in the mix for Harper as well.
With time winding down until the start of the season, why are Harper and Machado still free agents? According to a recent conversation Harper had with former Nationals pitcher Shawn Kelley, the market is slow.
“I talked to [Bryce Harper] the other day, and he said it’s actually slower than you guys think,” Kelley said.
Shawn Kelley on Bryce Harper's free agency: “I talked to him the other day, and he said it’s actually slower than you guys think." https://t.co/GYGEibtCHf
— Drew Silva (@drewsilv) February 13, 2019
Harper has reportedly rebuffed short-term offers from MLB teams as he seeks a significant offer.
While MLB are busy shaping their rosters for the upcoming season and reporting to training camp, Harper has been patiently waiting the best opportunity.
Will we finally find out where he and Machado will play in the near future? Stay tuned.