Machado has been expected to make a decision in early January, which is now upon us. He along with Bryce Harper are the two most wanted players this winter with a number of franchises pulling out all the stops to land them.
Thus far, the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies have been connected to the 26-year-old more so than other clubs.More news: Apple to Miss Sales Expectations, Dow takes a Hit
There have been reports that Manny Machado and Bryce Harper do not want to play in Philly, and the meeting taking place in Las Vegas definitely supports that idea. The Nationals reportedly presented him with a 10-year, $300 million contract extension prior to the 2018 regular season coming to a close. They are said to be looking at a short-term contract with a annual average salary, but his desire to play for the storied NY franchise could convince him to take a smaller offer.
That could then leave the door open for the Nationals to make a similar offer to the one they reportedly made in September. On Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN mentioned the Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies were two teams that were willing to guarantee a 10-year deal to Harper.More news: Winning ticket sold in NY for $425 million Mega Millions jackpot
Both Machado and Harper are said to be seeking 10-year contracts, and Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago reports that the White Sox have no plans to offer more than seven. While they do have the flexibility to offer the deal desired by the shortstop, but will not able to beat the Phillies or the Yankees.
Entering the third month of free agency, neither player appears close to signing, though as always, talks can accelerate with one text or phone call. I understand there are some warts with any free agent, and that's true with Harper and Machado, but it would be nuts to me if they wind up signing a seven-year deal, even at $30 million AAV.More news: Sabarimala temple shut for 'purification' after two women under 50 enter shrine