In the event that Machado does not sign with them, they would feel even more pressure to sign Harper. Those two and White Sox first baseman Yonder Alonso, who's Machado's brother-in-law, frequently work out together in the offseason.
According to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, the Phillies "remain primarily interested" in Machado, and are expected to make him a second offer to him this week, on top of their already submitted "preliminary offer".
The pace of the Major League Baseball offseason has gotten harder and harder to predict, though there is a report from The Score's Bruce Levine in Chicago that Machado's decision could come within a week. Both teams with money to spend and ready to compete right now.
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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.
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.
In the end, dollars, years and other factors will likely be the most important things determining where Machado signs a long-term deal, but the Sox are leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit.
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