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4 talking points Phillies should make during upcoming meeting with Bryce Harper

11 January, 2019, 01:55 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Outfielder Jon Jay and the White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $4-million deal, according to reports.

While the Phillies can lure Machado with cash, the White Sox have taken a unique approach: acquire family and friends of the perennial Gold Glove Award candidate.

Ted Lerner, 93, is one of the game's wealthiest owners, and often acts likes one, particularly when negotiating with agent Scott Boras on players such as Harper and Rendon.

Though it was reported earlier this week that the Yankees had not yet made an offer to Machado, Levine says all three teams have - and that a fourth team could be in on the action, too.

According to Dominican Republic sports journalist Héctor Gómez, the "race to sign Machado" is down to two teams: the Phillies and the Chicago White Sox, hence leaving out the once-thought-to-be favorite, the New York Yankees.

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Murray, 31, is on the comeback trail after missing 11 months with a hip injury which has seen him slump to 230 in the world. Marin Cilic , who lost last year's final to Federer, will begin his 2019 campaign against home hope Bernard Tomic .

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.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com wrote that there is "momentum building" toward Harper going back to D.C.

Harper opted to test free agency this year after turning down what was reportedly a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals.

We might soon find out, if the next seven days truly do provide Machado's decision.

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