Adding Harper would likely send the Phillies into the top-five odds to win a championship, and capping the offseason off with the addition of another pitcher (Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel) could make them the favorites in the National Leauge.
Whether he signs with the Padres or the White Sox, or perhaps pivots to the Phillies, Machado will do just fine in free agency, it appears, after a long winter's wait.
Still, USA Today's Bob Nightengale maintains the Phils are the favorite. Reports are streaming out about a deal being more and more imminent, with each passing day the perennial All-Star not being snapped up being more ludicrous.
"He could be rounding third and heading to home shortly".
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That would not be the case if they were willing to take short-term deals, but both Harper and Machado are still holding out in hopes that they receive that long-term lucrative offer.
Keep in mind, Nightengale is not reporting a done deal and the key word is Harper "appears" to have found a team willing to meet his price tag in the Phillies.
Once Harper does sign, it will be fascinating to see how much money he signs for. If these rumors hold true, he is going to get the 10-year, $300-million-plus deal he's been looking for all along.