Rumor: White Sox Have Submitted Offer to Manny Machado

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Manny Machado

But when seeing how Philadelphia seemed to already be a long shot based off the last couple of weeks, would an upcoming meeting with Harper really change anything?

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. 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 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. And quite honestly, the focus on the number of the years for either player, but particularly Harper, has been overblown to this point.

Harper could get injured and lose his overall effectiveness, even his entire career, next year and that money is still his. 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.

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. Washington did not meet with Harper during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.

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Only time will tell when it comes to seeing how things play out in this meeting between the Phililes and Harper.

Thus far, the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies have been connected to the 26-year-old more so than other clubs.

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 enormous, decade-long pact.

It doesn't appear like a signing will occur anytime soon, but now it appears that Harper might be staying in Washington, D.C. after all.

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