The Dodgers and Andrew Friedman do a very good job of not letting anything leak out to the media but members of the front office have already paid a visit to Bryce Harper so that should be a clear indication that the Dodgers are seriously interested in signing him.
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. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Sox are more engaged with Machado than Bryce Harper and made an offer to the 26-year-old infielder. On Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN mentioned the Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies were two teams that were willing to guarantee a 10-year deal to Harper.
Believed to be closer to $200 million than $300 million, the proposal may not be enough to keep Machado from entertaining other offers.
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For instance, a four-year deal at a guaranteed $160 million ($40 mill per season average) could put Harper back into the free agent market again at age 30. Now that Philly has secured the bullpen piece they have been looking for, they are expected to turn their full attention to both Harper and Machado. But today, the tone changes for the Chicago White Sox, as a different star free agent took the headlines.
And there are some, like the Chicago White Sox (and possibly the Philadelphia Phillies) who are intrigued with the prospect of adding both players this offseason.
The White Sox might find themselves "relatively close" to the Dodgers in the competition for Harper, that is if they don't want to go past seven years and if the Dodgers have no interest in a big, decade-long pact. Remember the Washington Nationals' 10-year, $300 million offer that Harper reportedly rejected? "Maybe even into spring training". The Nationals are the only team known to have made a formal offer, according to Janes.