Nats offer Harper more than $300M

07 January, 2019, 03:19 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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The Chicago White Sox are one of the teams that are believed to be in the running to sign Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, but they may not be willing to come close to meeting the contractual demands of either player.

The White Sox have plenty of payroll flexibility as they chase after Machado and his fellow free agent Bryce Harper. Many are speculating that the Yankees have a great shot at locking up the 26-year-old superstar, but nothing is set in stone yet. Again, that would be a logical assumption, as neither team can guarantee the immediate World Series contention the Yankees (100 wins last season) and the Dodgers (back-to-back NL pennants) can. Contract estimates have hovered around 10 years, $350-$400 million, depending on who you ask. It'd give Machado an average salary of well more than $35 million, the highest in baseball history. That could give an edge to the Phillies, who have vowed to spend "stupid" this winter.

It's still unclear whether the Nationals' interest is still on the terms they discussed at the end of the season, or whether the team's priorities have changed.

Harper may have rung in the new year as a free agent, but he reportedly has multiple 10-year offers waiting for him. Apparently that hasn't been their only offer. On the weekend before Christmas, a second meeting resulted in an offer of "much more" according to former big-league GM Jim Bowden.

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Chicago has not yet made a formal offer to Harper but the club has been in "constant contact" with his reps and met with Harper, his wife, and his agent Scott Boras in Las Vegas six weeks ago.

Don't expect a decision anytime soon, at least not both of them.

With plenty of suitors, and maybe even some lurking in the shadows, here are the top five potential destinations midway through the offseason as Spring Training approaches next month.

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