The Dodgers recently gained some payroll flexibility with a trade of Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds. Los Angeles could add Harper but would need some more flexibility without going over the luxury tax.
Harper’s hometown is Las Vegas and playing with the Dodgers would put him closer to home. Southside Showdown contributor Roger Greathouse predicts Los Angeles as the perfect destination for Harper.
"“I believe he signs with the Dodgers. It’s on the west coast, a team that’s in contention right now and close to his home in Vegas.” Roger Greathouse"
For Machado, Roger also believes he will sign with the Sox. He points to the fact that Sox manager Rick Renteria and general manager Rick Hahn sold the clubhouse culture very well to Machado along with the influx of young talent coming to the team from the minors. Roger doesn’t think the acquisition of Alonso will be much of a factor in the signing of Machado by the Sox.
Roger’s contract predictions listed below:
Bryce Harper-Dodgers, 10 years, $340 million with an opt-out at the fifth year and a no-trade clause.
Manny Machado-White Sox, 8 years, $265 million with an opt-out at the fourth year and a no-trade clause.