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Cal Ripken Jr. weighs in on Harper and Machado's free agency

Cal Ripken Jr. weighs in on Harper and Machado's free agency

Hall of Famer and lifelong Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. thinks Bryce Harper "is a fit anywhere."

On 106.7 The Fan’s Sports Junkies radio show, Ripken also said the market is wide open for Harper and Manny Machado. 

"We’re not willing to give 10- or 12-year deals anymore, but you’re willing to go higher annual salary. So if that’s the case, you’re going to have more people that have a chance to kind of come in late and say, ‘well what about us?’ If you’re willing to sign one-year, two-year deal," the possibilities are endless, according to Ripken.

However, Ripken continued, "I got to imagine that both Manny and Bryce would sign five-year deals. But I don’t know that 10-year deals are out there anymore. If it’s a five-year or if you’re a team that wants to go really, really, high for one or two, you might tempt them."

With that being said, Ripken also noted the obvious: Haroer should go where he has the opportunity to win. 

"If I was Bryce, and you are looking for an opportunity, winning is the most important thing," Ripken said. "If I had one mini regret in my whole career, I wish I would have been in the playoffs more."

Ripken is also unsure when Harper could sign by, but suggests from experience it should be early in March.

After discussing his shortened spring training after the 1994-95 league strike earlier in the interview, Ripken raved about the three weeks of spring training players had and circled back when discussing Harper’s free agency timeline.

"I would think three weeks [of spring training] is a good time for a regular player. So I think Bryce has a little room to play with if he wants to push it. I would make sure I had three weeks to get ready for the season."

Getting to ballpark of the Palm Beaches by March 3rd would give Harper exactly "three weeks of facing pitchers and trying to get yourself from off-season mode, hitting off a tee and a machine to getting back to live pitching," the perfect amount of time according to 19-time All-Star Ripken.


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Report: Padres land Manny Machado with biggest free-agent contract in American sports history

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Report: Padres land Manny Machado with biggest free-agent contract in American sports history

One of Major League Baseball's brightest young stars will call San Diego home for the next 10 years. 

The  San Diego Padres made the splash many have been trying to make, reportedly signing coveted free agent Manny Machado Tuesday, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan,

The deal is reported to span 10 years worth $300 million, according to MLB Network's Mark Feinsand

The 26-year-old, who was traded to Los Angeles in July after eight-plus seasons in Baltimore, has the most hits (1,000) by any shortstop since entering MLB in 2013. 

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who is waiting for former teammate Bryce Harper to make his highly anticipated decision, is happy that the first domino fell. 

"That’s good for the game," he told reporters at spring training on Wednesday. Good for the stars of the game to get signed. And for a face of the game to get a 10-year contract.”

Machado was courted by several teams, including the Dodgers, Phillies, Yankees and White Sox, the latter of which believe it made a better offer than the Padres

Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler spoke to reporters shortly after the news broke, claiming the team doesn't "have a deal" yet. 

This is a developing story. Stay on NBC Sports Washington for the latest news, updates, and reports. 


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Phillies manager on Bryce Harper reports: 'I stopped taking it seriously'


Phillies manager on Bryce Harper reports: 'I stopped taking it seriously'

The 2019 Major League Baseball season is just over one month away and, you guessed it, one of the game's biggest superstars - Bryce Harper - remains unsigned. 

For Philadelphia Phillies second-year manager Gabe Kapler, the free agency frenzy isn't on his radar as he leads his team's first workouts of the year together from sunny Clearwater, Florida. 

But with high-volume coverage and speculation surrounding Harper's chances of landing in the City of Brotherly Love, tuning out the noise is no easy task; especially when said noise comes in the form of push notifications sent directly to your phone. 

They were just like, ‘Pop, pop, pop’ — here’s a story, here’s a story,” Kapler told the Washington Post Monday afternoon at Spectrum Field. From the Post:

“At some point you just say, ‘What does any of this mean?’ … After the fourth ‘The deal is complete’ headline, I stopped. Just like you guys, I stopped taking it seriously. 

Perhaps Kapler, a former member of the 2004 World Series champion Boston Red Sox, is wise to place all the hype on the backburner. 

His Phillies were awfully busy in the offseason, having added key pieces like left fielder Andrew McCutchen, catcher J.T. Realmuto, reliever David Robertson and shortstop Jean Segura. 

The new acquisitons join a team that finished 80-82, good for third in the NL East, in Kapler's first season as manager. 

As for Harper? His future remains unclear, but Philadelphia seems to be focused on the task at hand in Clearwater. For now, at least.