Mark Teixeira says analytics are hurting market for Harper, Machado

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The other teams who have met with the infielder include the Phillies and White Sox. It does seem like the Nationals' 10-year, $300 million offer is no longer in play, but it's always possible they circle back.

I realize that sportswriters-at media organizations large and small-have a job to do, producing, say, four articles about the impact of a Machado contract, but do I, a lifelong baseball fan who watches nearly every Red Sox game (the MLB Extra Innings package remains one of today's great bargains), care that completely meaningless pre-season predictions are hard to make? He has only teased fans with cryptic Instagram and Twitter posts of White Sox baby shoes and his glove color for the upcoming campaign. 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.

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Manny Machado remains one of the most talented players remaining the Major League Baseball free agency. During this time last season, almost every major free agent was signed, yet this particular year has a number of elite players - Harper, Machado, Dallas Keuchel, Mike Moustakas, Marwin Gonzalez and Logan Morrison all unsigned. This year is Harper's best chance of cashing in during free agency. And according to Andy Martino of Sny.tv, they have made an aggressive offer to the shortstop, but the player is said to be unsure of moving to San Diego. The Yankees have improved their team, picking up pitcher James Paxton from the Mariners, ditching Sonny Gray and fortifying an already strong bullpen.

"So I think the dynamic has shifted".

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