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The San Diego Padres aren't just kicking Manny Machado's tires. The fans nearly feel like they're just as passionate as me.

"I keep hearing there's a lot of momentum and traction here on him going and signing with the Philadelphia Phillies", Bowden shared on CBS Sports HQ. "I tried to reach out to Scott Boras and the Boras Corporation, I tried to reach out to GM Matt Klentak of the Phillies this morning". Offseason acquisitions J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura will fortify catcher, left field and shortstop respectively, and Harper would usurp Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr and Roman Quinn in the corner outfield spot opposite McCutchen. No deal is done yet but all signs point to the Phillies being the frontrunners.

The Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres have been switching positions as the front runners for Harper since December, with the latter two being late entrants into the race. It's said to be an eight-year contract worth at least $240 million.

I think Harper and the Boras Corporation did a smart play - meet with the Padres, meet with the Giants, prove that there were mystery teams, which they did.

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It is February 17 and finally the Manny Machado and Bryce Harper markets are beginning to heat up. Boras gets bailed out again by an owner.

While some critics have written off the Padres chances at landing Machado, the club has been "aggressive" in their offer to to the 26-year-old.

The Sox had meetings with Harper and Machado but haven't been linked to Harper, represented by Scott Boras, much since the Winter Meetings in December.


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