​With the Winter Meetings upon us, the race for stars ​Bryce Harper and Manny Machado is bound to heat up. 


As teams meet with Harper and his agent in Las Vegas, they're getting the sense that the star outfielder is likely to sign with one of three teams: the White Sox, Phillies or ​Dodgers.

The Phillies and White Sox make complete sense in this case, as both have seemingly infinite funds at their disposal and can insert Harper as the instant face of the franchise.


LA is a head-scratcher, as they'd require some financial gymnastics to get that kind of cash. 

Scott Boras' asking price for Harper is reportedly in the $300-to-$400 million range, and that's a thought only so many MLB teams can entertain. LA is a preferable market for Harper, who's emerged as one of the faces of baseball the last few years in Washington. But even the Dodgers would have to cut payroll to land him.


Philadelphia and Chicago, in the meantime, have proven willing to spend whatever money is required to add Harper to their already-entertaining young squads.