Nationals Rumors: Nats still in on Bryce Harper after December meeting

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Although Bryce Harper wasn't necessarily expected to make a quick decision as a free agent, the process has unfolded as more of a trickle than drawn out because of widespread interest.

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia wrote earlier this week that "a person close to the player tells NBC Sports Philadelphia that a face-to-face meeting between Harper and Phillies officials is being planned for "the next week or so", in Harper's hometown of Las Vegas".

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.

Unless the market for these two 26-year-old superstars has decreased to a point undreamt of when the offseason began, an offer to Machado worth "closer to $200 million than $300 million" probably isn't 10 years long. 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.

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The New York Yankees are still one of the three teams in on Manny Machado.

While the Sox offering Machado a contract doesn't guarantee he will sign with them, the franchise continues to show just how serious they are about building a winning ballclub.

When it comes to the Yankees, they are the team Machado wants, but with them not willing to break the bank, the White Sox and Phillies could have a chance if they bid significantly higher than the NY franchise.

Phillies' principal owner John Middleton revealed earlier in the offseason, that his team could spend a stupid amount of money in order to land their preferred targets and with no long-term financial commitments at the moment they are looking at both Machado and Harper. Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports Harper has met with Washington representatives "multiple times" this winter. One thing is clear and that is that Harper is willing to wait for the right deal and even the right team.

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