This new rumor has the Sox making an offer to free agent superstar Manny Machado.
Bryce Harper and Manny Machado appear to have kicked off the year with lofty offers, the New York Yankees will reportedly focus on improving their bullpen and Cleveland Indians aces Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber seem less and less likely to be moved. However, both Machado and Harper were said to not be too keen on moving to Philadelphia and therefore, the team would have to bid significantly higher in order to turn the two players' heads.
ESPN's Jeff Passan reported earlier this week that Harper could still return to the Nationals, despite team owner Mark Lerner publicly stating they wouldn't offer more than $300 million. This bit of information from Nightengale comes just two weeks after Machado attended meetings with the White Sox, Yankees, and Phillies in their respective cities.
For what it's worth, ESPN's Jeff Passan - one of the most respected Major League Baseball insiders - reported on Wednesday that the White Sox are willing to go 10 years.
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The White Sox might find themselves "relatively close" to the Dodgers in the competition for Harper, that is if they don't want to go past seven years and if the Dodgers have no interest in a huge, decade-long pact. On the weekend before Christmas, a second meeting resulted in an offer of "much more" according to former big-league GM Jim Bowden.
The Nationals are believed to have offered a 10-year, $300 million contract as the 2018 season drew to a close. Any team bidding for Harper's services probably will.
Meanwhile, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Nationals are not the only team pursuing Harper seriously.
Don't expect a decision anytime soon, at least not both of them. "Maybe even into spring training".