Bryce Harper and Manny Machado could very well sign the two biggest free agent deals in MLB history at some point this offseason, and there are only so many teams with pockets deep enough to accommodate their demands. That makes it easier for people in the know to predict where they might end up.
ESPN’s Buster Olney spoke with several MLB executives about the Harper and Machado sweepstakes, and the general consensus is that Machado will end up with the Philadelphia Phillies with Harper re-signing with the Washington Nationals.
Baseball execs are baseball fans at heart, and they wonder, too, about where Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will sign. Most common guesses — informed speculation — that I've heard from folks within the game: Machado to the Phillies, Harper back to the Nationals.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 29, 2018
The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers all seem to be out on both Harper and Machado. We know how quickly that can change, but it greatly limits the market if it remains the case.
Harper has already reportedly turned down one massive offer from Washington, but there is room for that deal to be revised. The Phillies have made it known that they are willing to spend big this winter, though they seem to be proceeding as if they could miss out on Harper and Machado. It won’t be long before we have answers.