Giants recently met with Bryce Harper, making 'late play' for outfielder

Report: 8 teams checking in on Harper

Report: 8 teams checking in on Harper

However, Judge is apparently willing to make some concessions if the Yankees decide to make a late run at Harper and get him in pinstripes. The New York star said anytime a player like Harper can be added, it "is going to make them better".

Bringing in Machado wouldn't be a bad move either, but to be honest, I don't want to hear anything about Machado until I first see a headline that reads, "Harper rejects $50 million offer to play in Philadelphia". Let's not forget that veteran outfielder Brett Gardner is also around, making this Byrce Harper trade seriously ridiculous when you stack all of this together.

As for Harper, the 26-year-old has played 184 games in center field at the major league level, with 63 of those happening last year. The Padres reportedly met with Harper in Las Vegas last week, and they have baseball's best farm system and a lot of money to spend.

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With every argument made for a team to sign Harper - starting with his age and status as one of baseball's most feared hitters - there seems to be at least one counterpoint. The San Diego Padres are in the mix and could decide to throw money at Harper as they did with Eric Hosmer past year.

"Obviously [Harper] is a great player". Even still, both infielders contended they would have had little concern about that if Machado had come to the Bronx. "Yeah, I do think things can change and your target list evolves over the course of the offseason". "Nolan Arenado's progress on a multi-year extension with the Rockies, which would remove him from next offseason's free-agent market if the deal gets completed, should remind the Yankees that a good plan today trumps a ideal plan for 270 tomorrows from now". "Make the right choice".

This past week, the hype surrounding Harper reached a tipping point when the popular video game "MLB The Show" released a tweet on Monday saying, "You'll want to keep an eye on this account tomorrow ... just saying".

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