As the wait to see where Bryce Harper and Manny Machado land continues, the Padres appear to know which of the sluggers they prefer.
San Diego is currently leaning toward Harper, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. While Machado would help the Padres solve their uncertainty at third base, their hierarchy views Harper as a business/marketing opportunity. The club also believes Machado does not want to play out West.
The Padres and Harper met in Las Vegas on Thursday night. The club’s representatives, which included general partner Peter Seidler, general manager A.J. Preller and manager Andy Green, wear “extremely prepared and seemed sincere” about bringing the former NL MVP to San Diego, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Questions still remain about the Padres ability to outbid Harper’s other suitors. The Phillies, Nationals and White Sox have also shown interest in Harper.