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

Ross Houston
January 11, 2019

The same report quoted former Nationals' GM and current MLB Network Radio analyst Jim Bowden suggesting the Phillies' contingent shouldn't even get on the plane if they can't offer Harper at least 10 years and $350 million.

Do the Yankees want Manny Machado or not? That goes along with what would figure to be an attractive pitch of Machado being the centerpiece of the final phase of the rebuild, playing alongside Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease and Luis Robert for the next seven years and forming a perennial contender. Levine speculates that the meeting with Harper could act as a sort of deadline for Machado to make his decision. The White Sox have formally made Machado an offer.

Mark Feinsand of wrote that there is "momentum building" toward Harper going back to D.C. As far as the value of the contract, it's unknown, but it is believed Machado could receive between $25-$28 million annually, Levine adds.

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.

For the Yankees to truly be out on Machado at this point, he'd have to have offers in hand from the White Sox and Phillies that he knows he would be comfortable accepting, and also he'd have to know that the Yankees definitely will not be approaching those offers. No amount of brothers-in-law and offseason workout buddies could trump that, right?

Finally, all we can do as fans is await the decision, and hopefully Mr. Levine is correct and it will come sooner rather than later.

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