Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

White Sox bid big for Machado

White Sox bid big for Machado

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.

If any Sox fans have been paying attention this offseason, it appears that many writers that cover Major League Baseball aren't fond of the idea of either Harper or Machado playing on the south side.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Thursday that the White Sox have already made an offer to Machado, adding that they're more engaged on him than Harper at the moment, not entirely a surprise considering Machado is expected to make his decision before Harper's. ESPN's Jeff Passan wrote this week that the White Sox are willing to make a decade-long offer, while Bruce Levine of 670 The Score says the team would only go as high as seven years.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox were touted as the three main contenders for his signature, but there seems to be many other franchises that also keeping an eye on the situation.

Believed to be closer to $200 million than $300 million, the proposal may not be enough to keep Machado from entertaining other offers.

The market for Bryce Harper also seems to be thinner than many anticipated at the start of the offseason, as several teams have ruled themselves out.

If Chicago isn't willing to go seven-plus years, they'll likely sit back and wait for free agency in 2020. The only winning team with a clear path to Harper is the Dodgers after they traded away Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig.

The Nationals reportedly pulled their 10-year, $300 million contract offer to re-sign the star outfielder back in November.

" should not be taken as gospel that the Phillies have offered or will offer Harper 10-plus years".

Meanwhile, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Nationals are not the only team pursuing Harper seriously. "Maybe even into spring training".

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