Bryce Harper Rumors: This Team ‘Clear-Cut Favorite’ To Land Free Agent

Charlie Tilson rounds first base on an RBI triple against the Cleveland Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field

LeMahieu's deal could take the Yankees out of the running for Manny Machado, the All-Star slugger they were reportedly pursuing.

Nightengale adds that there is no formal deadline to sign either player, but both the Phillies and the White Sox would like to sign their respective superstars sooner rather than later to maximize season ticket sales. They are expected to make an official offer to Harper within a week.

Days after Chicago signed free-agent outfielder Jon Jay, a longtime friend of Machado's, the Philadelphia Phillies have added former Baltimore Orioles third-base coach Bobby Dickerson as their new infield coach, multiple reports indicated Thursday night.

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The self-described free-spending Phillies shot to the leaderboard as favorites to land Machado as the Yankees interest waned, but if they invest in Harper, how much cash will they have left for Machado?

Harper, his wife Kayla and agent Scott Boras met Saturday with the Phillies managing partner John Middleton, president Andy MacPhail, general manager Matt Klentak, manager Gabe Kapler and assistant general manager Ned Rice. The report states they appear to have turned their focus to Machado and recently made him a $200 million offer.

"Everything is still on the table", one industry source said, "especially in this new age of free agency where not everything makes sense". We got to understand what he'd be like in the dugout, the clubhouse and the community.

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Plus, he was a fan-favorite, making this move hurt even more.

And with four weeks remaining until the start of training camp in Glendale, Ariz., the Sox are still in the mix to land one of the biggest names in baseball, a scenario that seemed unlikely months ago.

Is that enough to bring him to the South Side?

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