The optimism regarding the San Francisco Giants' chances of landing Bryce Harper seems to have greatly lessened over the last 24 hours.
In that conversation, Nightengale, who predicted in the fall Harper would sign with Philadelphia, that the race for Harper is down to two teams: San Francisco and Philadelphia.
The question is, what under-the-radar teams still have a shot at Harper and Machado, and do they have enough talent to make a postseason run without those stars?
The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been mentioned for Harper, too, though Nightengale believes they're out.
On the flip side, San Francisco is a 90-minute flight to Harper's hometown of Las Vegas, and the handsome ballpark averaged 39,000 fans previous year.
"I think if it's close he goes to San Francisco, if there's a huge gap, it's tough to walk away from that kind of money". This isn't to say Harper won't be forced to take a short-term deal, though.
The Phillies and White Sox are also still interested in signing Machado, according to the report, which cites unidentified league sources. That could throw a wrench in San Francisco's bid to acquire Harper, as new VP of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi has shown little enthusiasm at the prospect of breaking the bank for one player this offseason, with so many holes on both the Giants' big-league roster, and farm system.