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Manny Machado picks the Padres… you’re next, Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado were the two crown jewels of this MLB offseason and after several months of speculation and whirlwind drama, one of the two has finally made a decision.

You’re next, Bryce.

ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan is reporting that Machado will sign with the San Diego Padres.’s Mark Feinsand stated that Machado will receive a 10-year, $300 million contract, which will temporarily be the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American sports until Harper signs his mammoth pact.

Yahoo! Sports MLB writer Tim Brown said that Machado will be able to opt out of the deal after the fifth year.

Many thought Harper would be the first domino to fall, but Machado beat him to the finish line. I’d expect an imminent Harper contract, especially with all the recent smoke the last few days regarding Harper to the Phillies rumors.

USA Today baseball columnist Bob Nightengale reported Sunday that Harper had finally found the team that met his price and that team is the Phillies.

The news came on the heels of Jim Bowden’s report Saturday when he stated that the Phillies remained the favorites for Harper and that the 26-year-old “could be rounding third and heading to home shortly” regarding a contract with the club.

Bowden also talked last week about how Harper wasn’t interested in the short-term deals that the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres offered.

The pressure is now squarely on John Middleton and Matt Klentak to get the Harper deal done.

Come on home Bryce!


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