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Nats offer Harper more than $300M

07 January, 2019, 03:16 | Author: Drew Briggs
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The Dodgers and Andrew Friedman do a very good job of not letting anything leak out to the media but members of the front office have already paid a visit to Bryce Harper so that should be a clear indication that the Dodgers are seriously interested in signing him. While it is hard to say with confidence if either report is accurate, the White Sox have made their interest to Manny Machado known throughout the offseason and have the financial flexibility to offer a substantial deal.

There is a certain amount of burnout taking place among Philadelphia Phillies fans as they continue to wait on decisions from free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. Per Bowden, the 10-year, $300MM offer was merely the first offer the Nationals made to their erstwhile superstar.

And there are some, like the Chicago White Sox (and possibly the Philadelphia Phillies) who are intrigued with the prospect of adding both players this offseason.

With the start of a new calendar year and Spring Training just around the corner, here are some of the latest Major League Baseball rumours...

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Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the White Sox may be willing to go ten-plus years, but Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Chicago won't go more than seven years for either player.

"When free agency began, it seemed preordained that Harper would wind up with the Phillies and Machado with the Yankees", according to USA TODAY. With Nightengale's report of the Sox being more engaged with Machado than Harper at this point, maybe the franchise feels like they have a better chance to sign Machado.

Machado is coming off a season in which he was sent from the Orioles to the Dodgers before the trade deadline. Britton had a 2.88 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 25 relief appearances after joining the Yankees in 2018.

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Indians aren't likely to move starters Kluber and Bauer before Opening Day. Those pitchers might not be as flashy as Kluber or Bauer, but would still be effective without depleting prospect depth.

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