Reports Conflict On How Long White Sox Will Go For Harper, Machado

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The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox have also reportedly shown interest in offering Harper a term of 10 years or more.

Next week's meeting appears to be the first face-to-face between Harper and members of the Phillies brass since Harper hit the open market.

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, via MLB.com, the Nationals representatives and Harper have met on numerous occasions over the winter with a source close to the player reportedly predicting that the player's free agency could stretch into February.

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Heyman also mentions that the National League East Division rival Washington Nationals remain interested in bringing Harper back into their fold. However, the 26-year-old infielder has long held a desire to one day play for the New York Yankees. Again, that would be a logical assumption, as neither team can guarantee the immediate World Series contention the Yankees (100 wins last season) and the Dodgers (back-to-back NL pennants) can. It will be interesting to see whether or not the Sox land him, knowing that they have also been "all-in" on Harper as well. Maybe they end up the only team willing to hand out the richest contract in baseball history. There should be 15 teams in on them if it's limited to seven years!

Harper turned down a 10-year, $300 million offer from the Nationals earlier this off-season, and Nationals' owner Ted Lerner has been reluctant to go over that number, but a new report suggests there may be movement on that front. If anything, the water has gotten even murkier as reports have surfaced that the Phillies - who it's been said Harper isn't high on - are planning to meet with the outfielder in person after a Winter Meetings powwow with just Scott Boras. Any team bidding for Harper's services probably will.

The White Sox made "a serious offer, likely closer to $200 million than $300 million", according to Nightengale.

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