Source: White Sox Won't Bid On Bryce Harper

Harper is expected to command a contract in excess of $300 million.

February 21, 2019 - 4:16 pm

(670 The Score) The White Sox won't bid on star outfielder Bryce Harper as his free agency continues, a source told Bruce Levine of 670 The Score on Thursday.

Harper, 26, is a six-time All-Star who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Nationals. He has averaged 32 homers and 91 RBIs per 162 games played and carries a .388 on-base percentage, .512 slugging percentage and .900 OPS for his career. The White Sox met in person with Harper in November.

On Tuesday, the White Sox missed out on their primary target when infielder Manny Machado agreed to a 10-year, $300-million deal with the Padres. Harper is expected to command a long-term deal worth in excess of $300 million.

The White Sox feel strongly about their young outfielders in the farm system such as Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Micker Adolfo and Luis Basabe. The White Sox haven't ruled out adding another veteran outfielder in a move on the free-agent or trade market for 2019 as a bridge to the future.