Phillies, White Sox View Mike Moustakas As Fallback To Manny Machado

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The only offer on record for Harper is from the Nationals, who decreased their $300 million offer to around $284 million. And if they kept spending - say, on an extension for third baseman Anthony Rendon, who is one year away from free agency - they nearly certainly would need to skimp in other areas going forward.

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.

Levine stated that Philadelphia's meeting with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas could serve as an "artificial deadline" for Machado's decision.

Speaking of Harper, it's always been expected that he'd wait for Machado to sign so that he and Scott Boras could top Machado's deal.

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While a decision may be coming soon, it's still unclear who has the lead in the bidding.

The free-agent outfielder wants to sign a record-setting contract in terms of guaranteed money and average annual salary, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday, citing Major League Baseball sources.

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

And, coincidentally, the Nationals are emerging as one of the more likely landing spots for Harper, with Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reporting that there's "momentum building" for a return to DC. He also noted that Machado is receiving offers between $25 and $28 million annually.

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