Hot Stove Rumor Roundup: Machado, Harper Dominate Headlines

Lerner Tries To Find Christmas Miracle

As per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, “According to a person with direct knowledge of the meeting, Bryce Harper and Scott Boras met with Nationals owner Ted Lerner for five hours on the Saturday before Christmas.”

Another Post reporter, Chelsea Janes, “According to a person with direct knowledge of Harper’s process, the 26-year-old and his agent, Scott Boras, met with Nationals owner Ted Lerner for five hours on the Saturday before Christmas. Asked to confirm that this meeting happened, multiple people with the club refused to do so, a departure from their relative openness about their status with Harper this winter.”

Chi-Sox Hesitant To Offer Ten Year Deals To Young Stars

According to Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com, “Reports of the White Sox offering ten plus years for Manny Machado or Bryce Harper are ”Without any substance and flat out wrong “ according to high ranking industry sources . Wh[ite] Sox will not be giving offer of more than 7 years for either player.”

The White Sox are expected to be heavily in on both players, mainly due to having the least committed money of any team in baseball. While Levine does not shoot down the interest from the Sox into the two biggest free agents baseball has seen in a long time, he does say that they will not look to go beyond seven years.

Phillies Plan To Meet Face-To-Face With Bryce

First reported by Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Phillies plan to meet with Bryce Harper even while they wait on a decision from Manny Machado.

Salisbury says “Even while they negotiate with Machado, the Phillies remain interested in outfielder Bryce Harper, the other megastar on this winter’s free-agent market. In fact, a person close to the player tells NBC Sports Philadelphia that a face-to-face meeting between Harper and Phillies officials is being planned for ‘the next week or so,’ in Harper’s hometown of Las Vegas.”

Harper and Machado seem to both be dictating the market, and until either of them sign, the market for the top tier of players will likely remain at a stand-still.

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