The MLB hot stove is quite frigid these days. Free agency has ground to a halt, including for top talents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
Just a few years ago, it seemed like Harper was headed for a mega-payday somewhere. Now, we’re five weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting and he is still unsigned.
The Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have all been mentioned as potential destinations, but the latest buzz is that Harper might be returning to the Washington Nationals after all.
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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com wrote that there is “momentum building” toward Harper going back to D.C.
According to a source, there is momentum building toward Harper’s return to Washington, while the Phillies — who are set to meet with Harper this week in Las Vegas — appear to be turning up their pursuit of Machado.
“It’s heating up,” the source said.
It was reported back in the fall that Washington offered Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract before he hit free agency, but he elected to hit the open market. It is unclear if their latest offer would eclipse those totals.
Harper has been with the Nationals since the start of his major league career in 2012.