Phillies rumors: Expect Manny Machado decision in the next week

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Washington Post sports columnist Barry Svrluga made the case Thursday for the Nationals to give Harper a 10-year contract.

As Rosenthal pointed out, Jay joins a White Sox team that is believed to be in pursuit of free agent infielder Manny Machado, Jay's good friend.

The White Sox know Moustakas well from his long tenure with the division-rival Royals, while Moustakas would address a need for left-handed power in the right-handed-dominant Philadelphia lineup.

Bryce Harper to Nationals is gathering momentum despite Phillies meeting being fixed.

According to MLB.com's Jon Morosi, both Philly and the White Sox view Mike Moustakas as a backup option if they can't sign Machado. The Nats reportedly have followed with another offer worth "much more" than $300 million, but other rumors suggest Harper is OK with waiting for an offer he deems suitable.

What's more is that the Phillies are also still in on Bryce Harper too, which would make them the MLB's version of a super team. The Philadelphia franchise will meet Harper face-to-face for the first time Saturday, but their main focus, however, was said to be Machado. And their offer would also meet Boras' expectations of landing a record-setting deal for a free agent.

A couple weeks after trading for Machado's brother-in-law, they reached a one-year, $4 million agreement with 33-year-old outfielder Jon Jay, according to USA Today, on Monday night.

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