Manny Machado is expected to become the richest free agent in the history of American team sports by agreeing with the Padres on Tuesday to sign a ten-year, $ 300 million contract .
How long will this record last?
:: Manny Machado's deal with Padres ::
The Machado News had barely been digested when all eyes immediately turned to Bryce Harper remains available in the market for free agents. There is a consensus in the industry that Harper will sign for more than $ 300 million that Machado received from San Diego. But will it be the Phillies, White Sox, Giants or Nationals ̵
Harper's future is still the main theme of the game, but there are other high-profile free agents still looking for deals. When Machado is off the board, the uncertainty surrounding the remaining stars should soon be resolved. Here's what's next for the four biggest names in the free agent market. (The ages are based on the opening day of 2019.)
Bryce Harper, OF, age 26
The ground for a Harper deal is now $ 300,000.001, as the player and his agent, Scott Boras In the offseason, looking for a record for the largest free agent contract in history. In truth, the magic number is likely to be $ 325,000,001, which would eclipse the 13-year extension of Giancarlo Stanton as the biggest deal ever, but Stanton was not a free agent at signing.
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Will the Phillies be the team that shows Harper the money? Philadelphia has made no secret of his desire to sign Machado or Harper, although General Manager Matt Klentak said the final Machado deal "will exceed our rating and sometimes you'll have to be prepared to go away." Are the Phillies willing to pay Harper more than $ 300 million? If not, you'll probably see him signing up elsewhere.
Then the White Sox said that they were unable to charge Machado with $ 300 million, which could bring them to Harper. It seems unlikely that the Giants will offer a deal on this scale, but could the Nationals fly back and return the franchise's long-standing face to Washington? They allegedly had $ 300 million for Harper when the offseason started, so did not count.
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[19459009 Dallas Keuchel LHP, age 31
When Keuchel was once regarded as the cherry on the cake of the Harvesting Agency, Watch Keuchel as Patrick Corbin landed a $ 140 million contract for six years In early December, the Nationals set a deal for the former Cy League Award winner of the American League.
More than two months later, the 31-year-old is unsigned, without a clear market has formed his services. The Phillies remain the most sensible game, and although Harper's situation is not resolved, Philadelphia is unlikely to focus on Keuchel or other available players.
If the Phillies did not push the left-hander, the Astros, to move it to a short-term deal. Apart from Houston, Keuchel had a number of crews, including the Braves, Brewers, and Rangers, hooked up at some point, but none of them seemed to be cutting a long contract in the high eight digits.
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Craig Kimbrel RHP, 30 years
How Keuchel came to Kimbrel in the offseason and sought a nine-figure deal Andrew Miller Zack Britton David Robertson and Adam Ottavino retired from the board, having little impact on Kimbrel's situation.
] Kimbrel's dream of a six-year $ 100 million deal can be found in the rearview mirror, as well as the hope that Aroldis Chapman surpassed the record $ 86 million (over five years). If the Phillies do not miss Harper and decide to switch to the other Top Free agents – a scenario that the sources believe is unlikely – Kimbrel's best landing sites seem to be the Braves or Red Sox.
The tax situation in Boston makes a tax reunification is difficult as the Sox has to pay heavy penalties in addition to what Kimbrel has to offer, while Atlanta is reluctant to pay big money since it recently joined Josh Donaldson was signed. At this point, everything is on the table and Kimbrel's deal could be creative. Perhaps Kimbrel was able to reach a deal that resembled Yoenis Cespedes' first major contract with the Mets, who after a year was a three-year deal with an opt-out exercised by Cespedes and made a $ 110 million deal for a four-year deal.
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Marwin Gonzalez IF / OF, 30 years
] One of the most interesting – and most versatile – this year's free agent is Gonzalez, who plays all positions on the field in addition to pitcher and catcher. Like Keuchel, Gonzalez would be an ideal candidate to return to Astros, where manager AJ Hinch had the luxury of using the soon to be 30-year-old flexible man throughout the diamond. Of course, the Machado and Harper situations should not stand in the way of such a reunion, so it was probably Gonzales' contract requests that were the biggest obstacle. Gonzalez – another Boras customer – allegedly sought a deal to cover the $ 56 million four-year contract Ben Zobrist signed with the Cubs in December 2015. This money was not there for anyone. Only one positional player – Machado – has signed a deal worth at least $ 56 million.
It should not be difficult to find a fit for Gonzalez. Competing teams like the Braves, Athletics and Rockies would all improve immediately. For him, the biggest problem is finding a team that will pay him what he is looking for. After Harper signs, Gonzalesz teams may take another look at it.
Mark Feinsand a senior reporter, first came to MLB.com in 2001 as a reporter.