4 talking points Phillies should make during upcoming meeting with Bryce Harper

Florence Fletcher
January 11, 2019

Here's the latest on 26-year-old shortstop/third baseman/ball-punisher Manny Machado, who would be the most compelling free agent in many, many years if not for the other 26-year-old on the market, Bryce Harper.

It will come down to dollars and sense.

After years of consistent losing, the White Sox and their loaded farm system are ready to start winning now. The White Sox, Yankees and Phillies have all been linked to Machado.

In a city where high rollers are known to bet anywhere from $10k to $1M per hand, are the Phillies entering "how much is too much" territory when it comes to Harper?

Levine adds a few other interesting nuggets, leading with this: "The prevailing feeling across the Major League Baseball landscape is that momentum is building for the White Sox in the Manny Machado sweepstakes".

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Levine stated that Philadelphia's meeting with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas could serve as an "artificial deadline" for Machado's decision. On Tuesday, the club agreed to terms with outfielder Jon Jay, who is friends and workout partners with Machado.

According to Bruce Levine of 670 Sports in Chicago, "Manny Machado is believed to be nearing a decision this week", and the White Sox appear to have the edge.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com wrote that there is "momentum building" toward Harper going back to D.C.

We might soon find out, if the next seven days truly do provide Machado's decision.

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