It would be great if both Machado and Harper could make their decisions soon.
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Unless the market for these two 26-year-old superstars has decreased to a point undreamt of when the offseason began, an offer to Machado worth "closer to $200 million than $300 million" probably isn't 10 years long.
For the Dodgers and Harper, there have been all kinds of rumors about how close they might be to a deal. Nightengale's details followed Wednesday's contradictory reports from ESPN's Jeff Passan and The Score's Bruce Levine, the former saying the White Sox were willing to guarantee a 10-year deal to Harper and the latter saying the White Sox wouldn't go past seven years with either Harper or Machado. The Dodgers still have plenty of moves to make this off-season but which route they take will depend on if they can bring the crown jewel of this year's free agency back to Los Angeles.
However, reports have surfaced that the Nationals have remained in the Harper sweepstakes, even though it was reported that they had made their final offer - 10 years, $300 million - at the end of the regular season. "White Sox will not be giving offer of more than 7 years for either player", Levine wrote. While they do have the flexibility to offer the deal desired by the shortstop, but will not able to beat the Phillies or the Yankees. It appears the team knows that, and they are willing to break the bank to sign either player. The Yankees appear to be interested in Machado rather than Harper, the Cubs would need to clear out some salary, and the Cardinals and Nationals have upgraded their team in other ways that have taken them away from Harper.