There are several reports that the San Diego Padres and Bryce Harper are still flirting with each other as the outfielder finally makes a decision for his future. Can the San Diego Padres pull off another miracle and sign the 26-year old free agent?
Friday, February 22 was officially named “Machado Day” in San Diego as the Padres formally announce their new investment.
$300 million is a lot to hand out to one player, but Machado is 26 and arguably a future hall-of-famer.
With this addition, the Padres immediately turned themselves into a relevant team in the game of baseball. The national media is buzzing about the team and their commitment to getting better. Handing out the richest free agent contract in the history of North American sports was mind-blowing for a franchise that is highly regarded as a small market team. The Padres are making noise, but are they done?
Just as the Machado press conference ended, multiple reports (sources I have collected) began to surface that the team was going to internally discuss the possibility of adding Bryce Harper in 2019. Reportedly, ownership met to see if this idea was feasible. During the press conference and after on the radio, not one member of the front office denied Harper rumors, nor did they answer any direct questions about him. Jon Heyman later confirmed the Padres interest of Harper while appearing on MLB Network.
The outfielder is all but set to sign in Philadelphia (multiple credible reports indicate that), but yet he has not. Spring training has started and he is surely getting antsy to get going with a new team. It is clear that Harper wants to play out west and closer to his Las Vegas home. We also know that Scott Boras is a savvy negotiator and this could all be an effort to get more money out of the Philadelphia Phillies.
As the weekend starts, there could be more grumblings from San Diego as the Padres look to rock the baseball world. Signing both prized free agents would surely blow the minds of many in the national media. In order for this to happen, the Padres would need to get very creative with their roster. They already have five viable starting outfielders in Wil Myers, Franmil Reyes, Manuel Margot, Franchy Cordero, and Hunter Renfroe. Adding Harper would surely mean trades although each outfielder, except for Myers, has minor league options remaining. It may be too early to even discuss this thought process but, just as you count the Padres out, they seem to always do something big.