The Padres still believe they can add a star free agent.
San Diego remains "hopeful" about signing Manny Machado, according to a report from Fancred Sports’ Jon Heyman. The team is also interested in Bryce Harper, but the Phillies are the front-runners to land him, the report says.
The White Sox and a “mystery team” are the Padres top competitors for Machado, according to the report. He is expected to accept the best contract offered to him.
Machado, who was sent from the Orioles to the Dodgers before the trade deadline, registered a .297/.367/.538 slash line in 162 total games in 2018. He also hit 37 home runs and tallied 107 RBIs.