From a baseball perspective, bringing back Harper would round out the Nationals' outfield with Juan Soto and Adam Eaton while prospect Victor Robles would have more time to develop after a solid 2018 season.
The Washington Nationals, for whom Harper played between 2012 and 2018 are also interested in reuniting with the right-fielder and are not willing to leave the race for his signature.
The report characterized the long-term offer as serious and likely closer to $200 million than $300 million.
Rumor has it around the league that the Yankees, White Sox, and Dodgers are all somewhat in the mix to acquire the 26-year-old outfielder as well.
Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the White Sox may be willing to go ten-plus years, but Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Chicago won't go more than seven years for either player.
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While the Phillies seem to have made it clear their preference between the two would be Machado when seeing how they already met with the shortstop a few weeks ago, the team also knows they face stiff competition with other teams like the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. Nightengale said that rival teams believe that Philadelphia will offer the most for both free agents. That means giving him the biggest deal in baseball history, surpassing Giancarlo Stanton's $325 million deal.
It's still unclear whether the Nationals' interest is still on the terms they discussed at the end of the season, or whether the team's priorities have changed. Remember the Washington Nationals' 10-year, $300 million offer that Harper reportedly rejected?
With plenty of suitors, and maybe even some lurking in the shadows, here are the top five potential destinations midway through the offseason as Spring Training approaches next month.
That could then leave the door open for the Nationals to make a similar offer to the one they reportedly made in September.