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Heyman said those are the teams willing to extend Harper a long-term deal, adding that he still thinks the right fielder will crack the $300 million plateau.

"I think it's intensifying now, and, all the teams that we've heard, I think, our the main teams: the Padres, the Giants and the White Sox are the other teams for Harper". But while Machado continues to drag his feet, MLB Insider Jim Bowden reported Saturday that momentum was building in talks between Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Padres signed Eric Hosmer to an eight-year deal worth $144 million last year and that is the largest contract in franchise history.

Unfortunately for Philadelphia Phillies fans, Monday was another day consisting of numerous rumors surrounding the possibility of Bryce Harper coming on board, only to end with the star outfielder failing to make an announcement about the team he will play for in 2019. "Obviously, I'd love to stay here, but that's really not what I'm anxious about right now". Clearly the Padres recognize that and are trying to do what they can to sign Machado so they can build around him with that great farm system.

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"I'm not ruling them out", Heyman said of the Giants. They want this leverage; it works well in a negotiation.

Bryce Harper is a six-time All-Star. "It's back to Philadelphia, and it gets back to Washington, for me, once again".

The Phillies, White Sox, and Yankees are the three teams that have most been connected to Machado this offseason.

At one point, BetOnline had given the Giants 1/1 odds of signing Harper, with the Padres at 5/2 and the Phillies at 4/1.

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