Phillies may favor Bryce Harper over Manny Machado


It's not a insane idea to think the New York Yankees are signing superstar free agent Manny Machado, but to guarantee it and even give a timeline as to when it's going to happen is a whole other thing.

Since the Yankees are not in on Bryce Harper (by all appearances, at least), Machado going elsewhere would probably slightly help a dark horse like the Cubs on Harper.

The Sox have tried to make things comfortable for Machado by trading for his brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, and signing a good friend, free agent Jon Jay. But after a five-hour meeting in Las Vegas with Harper on Saturday, the Phillies appear to be closing in on the former Nationals outfielder.

Machado has seemingly had a similar struggle to Harper in attempting to secure the kind of record-breaking deal he desires this offseason.

Manny Machado has been one of the most talked about players in the Major League Baseball this offseason and has had quite a few teams interested in signing him. He is believed to be picking between the Phillies, White Sox and Yankees - although the Yankees seem out of the hunt after signing DJ LeMahieu.

The Phillies are the third team to unsuccessfully make a run at Harper after he previously met with the White Sox and Dodgers, though reports have suggested Chicago and Philadelphia are the only teams willing to offer the veteran a 10-year deal. However, the Phillies have not made an official offer to Harper, the report said. The Yankees were thought to be his preference, meaning he may just take the most money on the table of the two remaining teams, and that's likely to come from Philadelphia. Hahn said he tries to keep his "fan hat" on, recalling his days growing up on the North Shore, pre-internet, when he'd call into Sports Phone to get the latest updates on hot-stove rumors.