The market for both Harper and Manny Machado has dragged as both players presumably hope to receive long-term offers north of $300 million. The 26-year-old recently spoke to the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres, with both teams expressing late-offseason interest. Boras gets bailed out again by an owner. Like saving half a face for the player and the agent. In this picture, Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals and Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles talk during their game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, July 10, 2015.
Harper has spent his entire seven-year MLB career with the Nationals, after they selected him with the first overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft.
The Sox have not been viewed as Machado's top choice throughout a slow moving, drawn out free agency period, and they went into it months ago with a spending limit that ultimately could crimp their chances.
The club has made a "substantial" contract offer to Machado, according to sources. They've made a "serious offer" to the outfielder.
Looking at the ledger, Heyman suggested that Harper likes the West Coast and the city of San Francisco, but pointed out that the cavernous ballpark is not a pro.