Published: Fri, February 15, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Astros Confirm Bryce Harper Was Nearly Acquired In 2018

Astros Confirm Bryce Harper Was Nearly Acquired In 2018

The third year of the White Sox rebuild is officially underway in Glendale, as pitchers and catchers have now reported to spring training workouts prior to the 2019 season.

Nightengale, speaking on KNBR 680 in San Francisco, says the Dodgers and Nationals are out of the race, making it a two-team race between the Phils and Giants. One key hurdle to him signing there was the fact that they only want to offer Harper a short-term, high-dollar contract, which will reportedly be a deal-breaker for Harper.

While SNY's Andy Martino reported Tuesday, citing sources, that NY remains in the hunt to sign Machado with spring training right around the corner, he also reported the Yankees are closely monitoring the situation of Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado as they prefer Arenado over Machado. But Machado has not accepted that offer because he is weighing his options. "Owners are in a better position, and they also have the excuse of saying "hey we're up against the salary cap, we're not going to spend any more money", Teixeira said. This comment that Machado made hurt his chances of getting that big contract that he wanted because teams were now viewing him as a selfish player.

Manny Machado
MLB Free Agency Rumors: Bryce Harper Not 'Even Considering' Signing Short-Term Contract

Via Astros beat writer Chandler Rome, Houston GM Jeff Luhnow confirmed that the team had an agreement in principle to trade for Bryce Harper at last season's deadline.

Dodgers fans were hoping that Harper would come to the Dodgers due to them getting rid of Yasiel Puig. Andy Martino of says the team has remained in contact, but is not the front-runner and will nearly certainly not make him the best offer. That now opens up a spot for Harper in right field. It does seem like the Nationals' 10-year, $300 million offer is no longer in play, but it's always possible they circle back.

Harper and Machado both remain team-less.

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