Former Nationals GM thinks the Bryce Harper chase is nearly over

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For those who think there's no chance that Harper comes to the South Side, at least know that the White Sox are in on the free-agent superstar until they aren't. Philadelphia has been the favorite, Washington is lurking and the White Sox and San Diego also are in the mix.

Also, if a deal between Harper and the Phillies does end up taking place, it looks like it could top the hefty $325 deal signed by Giancarlo Stanton back in 2014, which sounds insane just to think about.

The Padres signed Eric Hosmer to an eight-year deal worth $144 million last year and that is the largest contract in franchise history. Many other teams have already added players that fill outfield spots, don't have the space to add a contract of that size or simply don't wish to pay him that much. Will there be a surprise appearance from one of the two biggest names on the free-agent market? "Obviously, losing's not fun, but I enjoy playing this game. The Nats, perhaps. I haven't heard a lot about them lately but they are the incumbent team..."

"I'm not ruling them out", Heyman said of the Giants.

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The Bryce Harper derby does not appear to be trending in the right direction for the San Francisco Giants, late entrants to the field. He really doesn't want to wait 3 or 4 years.

One team that has ramped up their pursuit of Machado is recent weeks though is the San Diego Padres. Boras gets bailed out again by an owner.

Then again, as much as Philadelphia fans want to believe the hype surrounding Harper, majority seem to be taking the mindset of not believing a single thing until a contract is in place and signed since there are still a handful of teams looking to land him as well.

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