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Harper, Machado and other stars remain free agents. What's going on?

Neither Bryce Harper nor Manny Machado plies his trade as a pitcher or a catcher, so this week's milestone is imprecise but still significant. As battery mates report to Arizona and Florida during the next few days, to be followed by the rest of the rosters next week, the central mystery of this bleak baseball offseason remains unsolved. Neither Harper nor Machado has found a home for the 2019 season, and neither appears particularly close to finding one.

The same can be said for Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, seven-time All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, five-time All-Star

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