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Padres reportedly still not ruling out signing Bryce Harper

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 2/19/2019 Steve DelVecchio, Larry Brown Sports
Bryce Harper wearing a red shirt © Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres made the biggest splash of the offseason on Tuesday when they signed Manny Machado, and there’s apparently a chance that might not be the biggest contract they hand out this winter.

Even after signing Machado to a 10-year, $300 million deal, the Padres have reportedly not ruled out adding Bryce Harper. As Jon Heyman of Fancred notes, their payroll will be about only $110 million with Machado. If San Diego also signed Harper at a salary of more than $30 million a year, it would still be somewhere near the middle of MLB in total payroll.

The Padres are clearly serious about trying to contend after they won just 66 games in 2018, but signing both Machado and Harper seems extremely far-fetched. Harper has consistently been linked to another National League team, although it’s hard to tell what information is real and being fabricated by Scott Boras.

For what it’s worth, there has been talk that Harper would prefer to play for a West Coast team. If the Padres offer the most money or match Harper’s best offer, they might be in a good position to sweep the two biggest free agent prizes on the market.

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