After holding a personal meeting with the Free Agent's representative in Las Vegas on Saturday Bryce Harper the Phillies remain "optimistic" after signing him. Agent Infielder Manny Machado reports to Matt Breen of Philly.com. Bills adds that the Phillies will be finalists for both Harper and Machado.
The Phillies entered the winter along with owner John Middleton, who explained that the money to upgrade a team that missed the playoffs did not stand in the way of seven years in a row. The signing of Harper or Machado has always been the clearest way to improve the list of Phillies, as the two 26-year-old superstars are by far the leading players on the open market. Given the financial potential of the Phillies and their need for at least one of these players, it is "likely" that they will submit the richest deals for Harper and Machado, according to Breen.
If the Phillies are only able to pick one, it would be Machado that they "seem to prefer," writes Breen. The Phillies, however, have "signaled" to him that they are also interested in Harper ̵
Like Machado, Harper has fewer franchises than he expected this off-season. Nevertheless, at least four teams – the Phillies, White Sox, Nationals and Dodgers – appear to be there. It seems that the Nationals, with whom Harper has spent his entire career since he took first place in the 2010 draft, are particularly strong in the derby. By the beginning of this week, the Nats had reportedly stepped up their efforts to re-sign Harper, which had already offered at least one offer worth well over $ 300 million. Reports have shown that the Dodgers do not want to make a long-term commitment, which means that Harper may have to choose between Phillies, White Sox and Nationals if he hopes to reach a record deal. 19659005]