Phillies rumors: Team will give Harper, Machado best contract offers

Harper celebrating with Jayson Werth after clinching the National League East against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park in September 2017

Report: Phillies to have face-to-face meeting with Harper

The 26-year-old shortstop completed a three-city visit before the holidays in December, when he met up with the White Sox, the Yankees and the Phillies. The White Sox have reportedly already had two face-to-face meetings with the Nationals outfielder.

Like Machado, Harper's market is robust.

Sports columnist and MLB Network Insider Bob Nightengale has come out via Twitter to deliver some pretty big-time news regarding the White Sox and another prized free agent, Manny Machado.

Nightengale's report falls in line with Wednesday's report that the team is willing to offer each the ten-plus-year deals they are looking for, while the White Sox won't go beyond seven years.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Nightengale tweeted just a few minutes later that Philadelphia will likely make the highest offer to both Machado and Harper, making it even more intriguing to see which player ends up where.

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. It appears the team knows that, and they are willing to break the bank to sign either player.

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.

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Machado - who the team met with two weeks ago - remains Philadelphia's primary focus, according to Salisbury, although several teams have been linked to the superstar infielder, including the New York Yankees.

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