According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, Machado's camp has indicated there is a mystery team involved in discussions for landing the prized free agent beyond the heavily rumored Phillies and White Sox. The deal is worth two-years, $24 million.
There has been a lot of talk about Manny Machado preferring to sign with the New York Yankees and potentially taking less money to do so, but that would require the Bronx Bombers making him an honest offer. He has struck out less than 100 times in four of the last five seasons.
There was speculation that Machado might be willing to take a discount to play with the Yankees, who were his first choice. Nationals executives are now calling a reunion with Harper a "long shot".
On the South Side, the White Sox have met with Harper twice, but remain a "longshot".
The Phillies and owner John Middleton still have a chance to land both Machado and Harper, even if it's a remote chance. "We got to understand the man". "We watched the player play for years, but we got to understand the man, we got to understand what he'd be like in the dugout, the clubhouse and the community".
After a face-to-face meeting in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper, his agent Scott Boras and his wife Kayla on Saturday, the Philadelphia Phillies have emerged as "the clear-cut favorite" to sign Harper, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Hahn, on a conference call discussing the Jay signing Thursday, remained coy and collected when asked about these big names and non-stop rumors surrounding their free agency.
"I think that's a really important step in any negotiation - to understand what the other party is looking for", Klentak said.