CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- The Chicago 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 Washington 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 San Diego 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.
It sounds as if the Washington Nationals also are out of the Harper sweepstakes.
"Nothing's certainly changed on our end," Nationals managing principal owner Mark Lerner told NBC Sports Washington on Friday. "We've moved on. As I said back then and we had to. There was no way we could wait around. Bryce, I'm sure will make his decision hopefully in the next few days, but we've filled out our roster and like I said, we wish him nothing but the best."
Nationals general manger Mike Rizzo told "Grant & Danny" on 106.7 The Fan that the team "never turned a page" on signing Harper, but he conceded: "We're not having ongoing discussions."