That means that the Giants, Padres, Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox and the Phillies are all in on Harper. Then came a report that Harper recently met with the Giants, which really came out of the blue. San Francisco is desirable for him because its close to Vegas. There are several educated guesses as to which other organizations might be late players for the six-time All-Star. Machado can't get multiple teams to offer him a contract, but a soon-to-be 38-year-old who last pitched for the now-defunct Rockford Riverhawks and Schaumburg Flyers, had the two best teams in the National League Central trying to sign him. From what I heard, Harper is not thrilled with playing there.
Bob Nightengale wrote in mid-January that the Phils were the "clear-cut" favourite to land Harper. While his exact contract demands remain unknown, it is widely believed he is looking for something in the neighbourhood of Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million deal signed with the Miami Marlins in 2014.
Former Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, who is widely known for his cannon of a right arm, absolutely crushing baseballs and not hustling to first base when needed. And isn't there a Major League Baseball team that doesn't allow their players to grow beards? That deal expired once free agency began and the Nationals began to spend as if Harper would not return.
The addition of the DH to games played in NL ballparks seems to a matter of if, not when. Now it's not clear what he can demand or if any team is willing to invest that much money in him for more than a few years.