​After the San Diego Padres ​signed Manny Machado to a record-breaking contract, the hopes of Harper joining them and creating an ​MLB super-team are dead.


USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Padres are no longer pursuing the free agent outfielder, leaving the​ Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants as the last two teams with a legitimate shot to sign him.

​Padres players and fans were already excited about signing Machado, but after first baseman Eric Hosmer responded to a question with a hint that the team could also get Harper as well, suddenly San Diego was losing it.

That excitement was quickly extinguished by Nightengale's report. Padres fans still have a lot to be happy about, as San Diego could immediately become a contender in the NL Wild Card race. The Padres also possess 10 of MLB's top 100 prospects, giving them the best farm system in the league.

San Diego hasn't made the playoffs since 2006, so their fans are desperate from some October baseball at long last. At this rate, it's time to start looking at the Padres as the team to challenge the ​Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West crown in the coming years. But they'll be doing so without the help of Harper.