Bryce Harper's status before Spring Training

Rachel Hopmayer
Todd Dybas brings NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury on the Racing Presidents podcast to discuss the Phillies' footprint in the Harper and Machado races as well as analyze the NL East.
Todd Dybas brings NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury on the Racing Presidents podcast to discuss the Phillies' footprint in the Harper and Machado races as well as analyze the NL East.

Bryce Harper's status before Spring Training originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com

In the last podcast before taking off for Palm Beach, Todd hosts Racing Presidents and brings in Jim Salisbury, longtime Phillies reporter currently with NBC Sports Philadelphia, both looking southward to spring training.

Alongside everyone else, Dybas and Salisbury remain shocked at how long Harper and Machado's free agency has lasted. They draw comparisons between this year's free agency period to last years.

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In both instances, there remain a tier of players under the top two free agents waiting for dominoes to fall and trigger leftover signings. 

Last year, it was J.D. Martinez and Jake Arrieta. This year, it is Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

The Nationals finished two games ahead of Philadelphia last season. They Nats also swept the Phillies in D.C. in September. However, a lot has changed since then.

Phillies have added J.T. Realmuto, Jean Segura, David Robertson and Andrew McCutchen, and are still in the market for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.

Does this make the NL East the most competitive division in the league this season? Listen below to find out.

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