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USA Today Identifies Favorite To Sign OF Bryce Harper

bryce harper celebrates during a game against the dodgers

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The MLB free agency period has been underway for a while now, and though some big names have been signed and dealt, the two biggest free agents, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, remain unsigned.

However, a new report indicates that there is at least a frontrunner for one of the two prized free agents.

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Philadelphia Phillies are the current favorites to land Bryce Harper.

Nightengale noted that the Chicago White Sox have interest. It seems to be those two teams in the mix right now.

The Philadelphia Phillies still are the heavy favorite to land him. The Chicago White Sox have interest but have made no offer. And no other teams publicly are involved.

Harper reportedly turned down a $284 million contract to stay with the Washington Nationals, where he has played for his seven professional seasons.

He is a former league MVP, a six-time All-Star, Silver Slugger, and was named Rookie of the Year in 2012.

In 2015, the year Harper won the MVP award, he led Major League Baseball in on-base percentage (.460), and slugging percentage (.649). He led the National League in runs (118) and home runs (42) as well.

This past year he led the league in walks with 130. Harper's career batting average is .279, with a .388 on-base percentage.