Manny Machado: Decision Coming Within a Week According to Reports

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The Bryce Harper saga rumbles on with no decision from the player yet, but the pecking order among the interested franchises seems to be slowly taking shape as the most sought-after free agent and his agent look to land a record-setting deal. The Nationals made Harper a 10-year opening contract offer worth around $300 million earlier this offseason, the report says.

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.

Of course, that's been one of the biggest issues for Philadelphia since other teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and obviously the Washington Nationals have been pushing to convince Harper as well. Both teams with money to spend and ready to compete right now.

Don't be fooled by the Yankees, we have seen them operate like thieves in the night in the past (i.e. dealing for A-Rod after the Red Sox were unable to successfully restructure hist contract), perhaps they're just waiting to see what the market is for Manny Machado before striking an offer.

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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.

However, according to MLB Network's Mark Feinsand, the momentum has shifted and it is now looking more likely that Harper would return to Nationals after they upped their initial offer. Meanwhile, the Nationals have reportedly upped their offer.

The deal is for $4 million for one year, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

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