Bringing in Machado wouldn't be a bad move either, but to be honest, I don't want to hear anything about Machado until I first see a headline that reads, "Harper rejects $50 million offer to play in Philadelphia".
As for Harper, the 26-year-old has played 184 games in center field at the major league level, with 63 of those happening last year. Many of those chances came after Judge suffered a wrist injury that sidelined him about two months.
At the GM meetings, Boras heaped more praise on the Giants, saying, "They have a successful model", "and I always tell Larry (Baer), 'This fan base has rewarded you".
"Obviously [Harper] is a great player". "Obviously things happen that force Brian and his staff to pivot on certain things". A Machado signing could have adversely impacted both players' playing time.
In fact, many are still holding out hope that Machado signs in the Bronx, but with such a glut of infield talent, that seems like a long shot to say the least. There is talk of collusion among owners, rule changes to create a free agent window or spending floor for noncompetitive teams, and a consensus that what was once supposed to be a momentous offseason for baseball has had the opposite effect. All five teams seem to have been in the running for the outfielder, but the Dodgers and Yankees don't have much cap space in order to sign Harper to a multi-year, $300 million deal that he covets. "Make the right choice". "So, it just all depends on where he wants to go". "Make it the right choice for your family".