Phillies to have face-to-face meeting with Harper

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The Phillies remain focused on signing prized free agent Manny Machado, but they're apparently stepping up their Plan B.

There's reason White Sox fans should be excited about that, as it's a rumor that has one of the best players in the game coming to their team. There was also a report earlier in the day from ESPN's Jeff Passan that stated the two sides have held several meetings this offseason.

In fact, Machado's agent, Dan Lozano, is barely engaging clubs at the moment, seemingly taking his time and waiting for a team to jump, according to.

With reports surfacing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado's lukewarm interest in playing for the Phillies, it became clear that they would have to outspend the competition to land either player.

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. Notably, the New York Yankees have not made Harper a priority, while the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs don't appear to have the financial flexibility to make the record-breaking offer the superstar outfielder is seeking.

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While the Sox offering Machado a contract doesn't guarantee he will sign with them, the franchise continues to show just how serious they are about building a winning ballclub.

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It would be great if both Machado and Harper could make their decisions soon.

In all likelihood, Machado will sign first and that will help set the market for the rest of the 2019 free agent class.

Entering the third month of free agency, neither player appears close to signing, though as always, talks can accelerate with one text or phone call.

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