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- Jon Morosi of MLB.com came in with Pavlovic's latest Giants Insider Podcast by Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area (Audio Link) (Harper conversation starts at 12:45 pm), with Morosi holding an 11-year Contract for Harper called "very possible". Like others before him, Morosi suggested that Harper is likely to get a bigger deal than the one Machado received in San Diego.
- When she left empty-handed about her persecution of Machado, she "raised" the persecution of Harper Phillies writes Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Breen says the organization is confident of being able to sign the six-time All-Star, adding that the Phils will be "more hesitant this time". General Manager Matt Klentak spoke openly this week about the fact Machado's price just reached a point that exceeded Team's assessment of Machado. It is not clear whether the organization will end up with a similar practical attitude towards Harper, but Breen notes that the front office and the owner are very much aware of how the public would perceive a scenario in which the Phillies are neither Harper still sign Machado.
- Padres The property will come together tomorrow to determine whether it is possible to sign Harper as well as Machado, Twewe Jon Heyman of the MLB Network. As expected, Heyman states that such a scenario is by no means considered likely, but the organization's partners will at least conduct a due diligence to see if such a strategy can be put together. Heyman tweeted that for Nationals the final call to Harper will go to Ted Lerner (though Lerner relinquished control to his son Mark in 2018). Elder Learner's relationship with Boras is well documented, though virtually every DC report in recent weeks suggests that the Nationals will not be Harper's top bidders.
- Bruce Levine of 670 The Score / CBS Chicago reports that White Sox will not bid on Harper, reflecting similar sentiments reported yesterday by USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Levine notes that the organization is quite high on some of its outfield prospects, and notes that ChiSox may be out in the field in the near term to fill the gap with this young talent. Bryce Harper Chicago White Sox Philadelphia Phillies San Diego Padres Washington Nationals