Bryce Harper stays unsigned as Manny Machado was launched by the San Diego Padres on Friday. Whereas Harper nonetheless doesn’t have a brand new dwelling, it seems we will begin eliminating groups from his listing of potential locations.
Right here’s an replace on the most recent rumors surrounding the six-time All-Star’s free company.
Washington Nationals proprietor Mark Lerner has instructed NBC Sports activities Washington that the franchise has “moved on” from Harper. Regardless of spending the primary seven years of his profession with the Nats, it appears just like the 26-year-old will probably be with a special group for the foreseeable future.
Jon Heyman is reporting the Padres aren’t out on Harper, regardless of their cope with Machado. Heyman says the group’s possession could be assembly in the present day to debate the potential of pursuing Harper:
Native media members consider there’s no manner that really occurs:
Nonetheless, Padres normal supervisor A.J. Preller refused to rule out something:
One group that’s definitively out on Harper is the Chicago White Sox. Sources have instructed Bruce Levine of 670 The Rating in Chicago that the group received’t even bid on him.
Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Every day Information has been instructed the Philadelphia Phillies are assured Harper will finally signal with them.
The Phillies are additionally cautious that they might be bidding in opposition to themselves.
Most insiders appear to agree the Phillies are dealing with severe competitors from just one group proper now: the San Francisco Giants. The Giants have already met with Harper however have been believed to solely offer a short-term deal. Harper isn’t thinking about something short-term. The Giants are reportedly nonetheless pursuing him onerous, however aren’t terribly optimistic they are going to land him.
The truth that Harper stays unsigned continues to be unimaginable. He’s younger, in the course of his prime, received the NL MVP Award in 2015 and has posted a 30.7 fWAR over his first seven seasons.
His 2018 stats aren’t the most effective from his profession, however he nonetheless hit .249 with 34 dwelling runs, 100 RBI, an OPS of .889 and a three.5 fWAR. As down seasons go, that wasn’t horrible.