Bryce inching to Philly
Report: Chisox offer Manny 8-year deal
Time to warm up the hot stove because in the words of Michael Scott: “It’s happening!”
An end to the Bryce Harper and Manny Machado offseason thriller, that is, and perhaps even soon.
The Phillies have emerged as the “clear-cut favorite” to sign Harper, USA Today reports, after the two sides met for five hours over the weekend in the star outfielder’s native Las Vegas. No agreement was reached, but it seems club principal owner John Middleton is close to spending “stupid” money.
Machado reportedly already has a massive offer, according to ESPN. The White Sox have put an 8-year deal on the table (and they would consider lengthening it), although the Phillies remain in the running, meaning they could come out of this with both of the top free agents on the market.
That’s a lot of bad news for the Mets, if it comes to pass, who would be seeing a lot of both players in Philadelphia jerseys.
With the Yankees seemingly — and uncharacteristically — out of the mix for both, it’s likely Machado will either end up with Harper in Philly or his brother-in-law and buddy in the White Sox clubhouse.
MURRAY ASKS A LOT FROM A’S
It’s going to take a lot to keep Kyler Murray off the football field next season.
The Heisman winner, who was also drafted by the Oakland A’s in 2018 with a $4.66-million signing bonus, has until Monday to declare for the NFL draft and he seems to be leaning in that direction. But the Athletics sent out the cavalry to try to dissuade Murray, according to multiple reports, with Billy Beane being a part of the contingent that met with the two-sport phenom.
Murray knows he has some leverage here, and his asking price from the A’s is a hefty $15 million, according to Mike Leslie of WFAA. That would be a serious commitment from Oakland and would prove the A’s truly believe him to be their center fielder of the future.
The former Oklahoma QB has been receiving first-round grades from NFL scouts, even though there are concerns about his height. The same claims were made about Baker Mayfield last season, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Browns.
Should the A’s pass on the reported $15 million price tag and Murray enters the NFL draft, he could be another interesting option for the Giants, who hold the sixth overall pick.
It becomes less and less likely that Bryce Harper will suit up for Nationals again.