Rob Carr/Getty ImagesPhiladelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola doesn't have a say in his team's personnel decisions George Foster Jersey , but he is optimistic that it will make one of the biggest splashes of the offseason."I think we'll land one of them [Bryce Harper or Manny Machado], but it's out of my hands," Nola said Tuesday, per theBucks County Courier Times' Tom Moore.Both Harper and Machado remain unsigned despite their decorated resumes.Philadelphia has gotten a firsthand look at Harper for years now, as he has spent his entire seven-year career with the National League East rival Washington Nationals. Prior to turning 26 in October, he had piled up a number of individual accolades: six All-Star selections, 2012 NL Rookie of the Year, 2015 NL MVP, 2015 NL Silver Slugger and 2018 Home Run Derby title.Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs http://www.redsfanproshop.com/authentic-tom-seaver-jersey , 34 doubles and 100 RBI in 2018. He overcame a slow start to the season by hitting .300 after the All-Star break.Meanwhile, Machado made a name for himself with the Baltimore Orioles. Through his first seven big-league seasons, he earned four All-Star selections and won a pair of Gold Gloves at third base.Machado hit .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs, 35 doubles, three triples and 107 RBI between Baltimore and the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018.Both Harper and Machado were expected to challenge Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million contract this offseason. However, with less than one month until spring training, neither star has found a home.Philadelphia has been linked to both players throughout the offseason, especially once Phillies owner John Middleton made headlines earlier this offseason by tellingUSA TodaySports'Bob Nightengalethat his team was willing to spend big this winter as they look to snap a seven-year playoff drought."We're going into this expecting to spend money," Middleton said in November http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , per Nightengale. "And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it. We just prefer not to be completely stupid."MLB Network MLBNetworkHarper, Keuchel AND Kimbrel?!?! #MLBTonight Pc2GLerVtlTrue to Middleton's word, Philadelphia handed 32-year-old outfielder Andrew McCutchen athree-year, $50 million contractin December. The team continued to spend by signing reliever David Robertson to atwo-year, $23 million dealearlier this month.Jon Heymanof Fancred reported last week that the Phillies are in "excellent position" to sign one of the prized free agents, although signing both is "pretty unlikely."Neither Machado nor Harper have appeared to set a deadline for negotiations to this point. For now, Nola and the rest of the baseball world will have to wait to see where those stars wind up鈥攁nd if the Phillies are players in either sweepstakes. CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer isn’t going to let a stress fracture in his right leg get in the way of throwing a baseball.Cleveland’s right-hander, one of the leading candidates for the AL Cy Young Award, will be out four to six weeks with the injury http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-omar-vizquel-jersey , but that’s not stopping him from keeping his arm in shape.Bauer played catch from his knees while wearing a walking boot with an athletic trainer Friday afternoon at Progressive Field, more than four hours before the Indians game against Baltimore.“It’s something I can do every day, something I plan on doing every day, because the overall stress is way less relative to what I’ve been experiencing the whole season,” Bauer said.The right-hander admitted he didn’t take the news very well when he learned he’ll be out for an extended period of time.“I was furious,” he said. “I’ve pretty much felt the same way since.”Indians manager Terry Francona gave the timetable for Bauer’s return Friday. Bauer believes he’ll return sooner.“We’ll find out,” he said. “You’re going to get a very different answer if you ask me that question and if you ask the medical staff that question, so probably should defer to doctors on that.”Bauer was hit by Jose Abreu’s liner Saturday against the Chicago White Sox. He experienced soreness and swelling, and an MRI revealed the injury Tuesday when he was placed on the 10-day disabled list.Cleveland holds a 12-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central entering Friday. The right-hander is 12-6 with a 2.22 ERA in 25 starts. He’s third in ERA Jason Kipnis Jersey , second in innings pitched (166) and fourth in strikeouts (214) in the AL.Bauer could return during the regular season in mid-to-late September. Francona knows the pitcher’s arm will be ready.“I think in about 10 days he can throw standing, and then in another 10 days, it’s probably close to the mound work,” Francona said. “My guess is his arm is going to feel pretty good.”Bauer believes some critics haven’t fully recognized the kind of season he’s had to date.“I’m sure there’s plenty of people out there that are happy about the fact that they get to ignore that I’m one of the best pitchers in the league for another year,” he said. “They don’t have to face that reality. …. But, they’ll have to deal with it at some point.”
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