Could White Sox Be Angling for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper?

Could White Sox Be Angling for Manny Machado and Bryce Harper?

You'd think turning the calendar to a new year would have provided additional clarity to the Bryce Harper situation, but that's far from the case. Notably, the New York Yankees have not made Harper a priority, while the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs don't appear to have the financial flexibility to make the record-breaking offer the superstar outfielder is seeking. Washington did not meet with Harper during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.

Believed to be closer to $200 million than $300 million, the proposal may not be enough to keep Machado from entertaining other offers. But that speculation was rubbished by 670 The Score's Bruce Levine, who revealed that the White Sox are not willing to offer a deal more than seven-years to either free agent. With Nightengale's report of the Sox being more engaged with Machado than Harper at this point, maybe the franchise feels like they have a better chance to sign Machado. The Nationals reportedly presented him with a 10-year, $300 million contract extension prior to the 2018 regular season coming to a close. That aligns perfectly with the Dodgers refusal to go ten years which the Nationals offered Harper at the beginning of free agency. "Who knows - maybe the White Sox could become more attractive each day, the Dodgers could feel an urge to add star power or the Phillies could act really insane by signing both".

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What interests Bryce Harper more, winning or more years on a contract? It appears the team knows that, and they are willing to break the bank to sign either player.

Harper is looking to sign megadeal this offseason after spending the first seven years of his career with the Nationals.

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The club hasn't confirmed or denied the report.

And with the Nationals still having meetings with Harper, including one as recent as right before Christmas, according to the Washington Post, that team is not at all out of the running.

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