Phillies, White Sox Finalists for Manny Machado

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Alonso, however, is only under contract for two more seasons, and Jay was only a given one year deal, so I'm not sure that a guy like Machado would make a long term commitment to an organization exclusively on their willingness to obtain his associates short term.

But money often rules the day in these situations, and the Phillies are expected to throw a lot of it at Machado and also Harper, who they will reportedly meet with Saturday in Las Vegas.

Bruce Levine of the Score 670, a Chicago sports radio station, reported that Machado will make his free agency decision in the next week.

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After trading for Machado's brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, earlier this offseason, and then signing close friend Jon Jay, many began to speculate that the White Sox were making moves to entice Machado to take his talents to the South Side of Chicago.

The Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have all been mentioned as potential destinations, but the latest buzz is that Harper might be returning to the Washington Nationals after all. In the event that Machado does not sign with them, they would feel even more pressure to sign Harper.

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

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

That is a risky game for Machado and his agent, Dan Lozano, to play, because Boras is going to attack the Phillies' contingent of decision makers with fastballs that will make a solid case for his client. 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.

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