Chicago became the first team to formally offer Machado a contract, according to USA Today, which cited four people with knowledge of the offer who spoke on condition of anonymity.
However, if the Phillies, Chicago White Sox, or some other team were to offer, say, a full 10-year deal at or above $400 million total value, such security would likely prove hard to turn down. The Dodgers still have plenty of moves to make this off-season but which route they take will depend on if they can bring the crown jewel of this year's free agency back to Los Angeles. This new rumor has the Sox making an offer to free agent superstar Manny Machado. However, the 26-year-old infielder has long held a desire to one day play for the New York Yankees.
Phillies setting a meeting with Harper while still negotiating for Machado. Of course, "closer to $200 million than $300 million" could also mean as high as $249,999,999, and only three contracts in baseball history have been worth more than that.
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"...it should not be taken as gospel that the Phillies have offered or will offer Harper 10-plus years".
With plenty of suitors, and maybe even some lurking in the shadows, here are the top five potential destinations midway through the offseason as Spring Training approaches next month.
The Nationals have made it clear they are still in the running to sign Harper and MLB.com's Jamal Collier claims that their $300 million deal over 10-years is the only offer on the table at the moment.
Chicago has not yet made a formal offer to Harper but the club has been in "constant contact" with his reps and met with Harper, his wife, and his agent Scott Boras in Las Vegas six weeks ago.