The Manny Machado sweepstakes have ended, but the Bryce Harper saga is still trucking along, vague updates and all.
The White Sox aren’t considered frontrunners in the race for Bryce Harper at this point, however, they’re not entirely out of the race.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweeted a pair of Harper updates, one that was all about the White Sox. It wasn’t exactly encouraging news if you’re a White Sox fan, but it is news (sort of).
While White Sox see asking price for Harper as beyond their comfort level, they remain in touch, in case. At his visit to Chicago, an MJ statue was adorned with Chisox Harper jersey. They have many excellent OF prospects coming (Eloy, Robert, Rutherford) but are thin in OF now.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 24, 2019
While it’s been mentioned here and elsewhere that Philly may not be Harper’s favorite city (he loves big stage so NYY, Bos, Cubs would be among top choices had they been in) but in current field Philly the city is no detriment; he likes the Northeast and sports-crazed atmosphere— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 24, 2019
From the sound of this, the White Sox won’t land Harper unless everyone else balks at the asking price and they somehow are able to rejoin the race. Harper’s pitch from the White Sox of the team having initial interest, but the rumor front has been mostly quiet regarding the two sides since. The White Sox focused on Machado and came up short in that race.
The Phillies seem to remain the favorite at this point. Owner John Middleton flying to Harper’s hometown of Las Vegas set the rumor mill alight, but that didn’t result in an imminent deal.
Barring something completely unexpected, Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies will not be consummating a deal tonight, league sources tell ESPN. Owner John Middleton is in Las Vegas for more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal, sources said.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 23, 2019
Spring training baseball started on Saturday (the White Sox lost two split squad games, 7-6 to the Dodgers and 6-5 to the A’s), but here we are still getting vague updates about where Harper will land.