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February 01, 2019

Live free agency updates: The latest on Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and the Phillies

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Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper.

Well, it's officially February and both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado — as well as a slew of other high-end free agents — remain unsigned with less than two weeks remaining until most teams' pitchers and catchers report to spring training. 

At the outset of free agency, many thought both Harper and Machado would be signed by now. But that's not the reality of the situation. In fact it's been quite the opposite, with new teams getting in on the free agent sweepstakes with each passing day. 

Just last night, after previously meeting with several other teams including the Phillies this winter, Harper took a meeting with the Padres, who have recently shown interest in both players. 

With the Dodgers recently dropping out of the race for Harper, it appears the Phillies remain one of the four teams interested in acquiring the free agent outfielder. Or is it five teams?

No word on who that "team on the periphery" is, but it's definitely something keeping an eye on as this marathon nears the home stretch. 

As for Machado, it's been an interesting offseason ride. Once seemingly destined to sign with the Yankees, the 26-year-old infielder has seen his market dry up somewhat, with New York now apparently out on Machado and the potential price tag on his next deal shrinking the minute they lost interest. 

Right now, it definitely seems like signs are pointing toward the Phillies landing Harper over Machado — and reading the internet tea leaves, it seems like a deal could be close to being agreed on. Of course, we're still sitting waiting and looking for every sign that may indicate one of the two will be wearing red pinstripes next year. 

So, just as we do every day, let's take a look at the latest free agency news and trade rumors from around Major League Baseball and what that means for the Phillies. 


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