Bryce inch­ing to Philly

Re­port: Chisox of­fer Manny 8-year deal

New York Daily News - - SPORTS -

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.

AP

It be­comes less and less likely that Bryce Harper will suit up for Na­tion­als again.

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