Although theare reportedly in the mix for both and , they appear to have a preference between the two stars.
Machado makes more sense for San Diego because of the team’s positional need at third base, but the Padres may be leaning towards Harper, reports, who adds the team’s ownership is said to view Harper as a business and marketing opportunity.
A contingent of general manager A.J. Preller, general partner Peter Seidler, and manager Andy Green met with Harper in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Despite being considered a long shot, the Padres’ representatives were “extremely prepared” and “seemed sincere” about acquiring the 26-year-old Harper, sources told.
San Diego has doneon both Harper and Machado, and have also been to Miami Marlins All-Star .
Harper has generated plenty of interest during the offseason and San Diego is among his four most active suitors, a source confirmed toi.
While at least one other team remains involved on the periphery, the “overwhelming likelihood” is Harper will sign with one of the Padres, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, or Chicago White Sox, Morosi added.
Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, recorded 34 home runs and 100 RBIs in 159 games during the 2018 campaign.
He’s already reportedlya 10-year offer around $300 million in value from the Nationals and is reportedly a record deal north of ‘s $325-million contract.
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