MLB Rumour Roundup: Nationals offer Harper ‘much more’ than $300 million

Jo Caldwell
January 7, 2019

On the weekend before Christmas, a second meeting resulted in an offer of "much more" according to former big-league GM Jim Bowden.

Chicago became the first team to formally offer Machado a contract, according to USA Today, which cited four people with knowledge of the offer who spoke on condition of anonymity.

It is being suggested that a face-to-face meeting with Harper, Boras and the Phillies management has been set up for "the next week or so" in Harper's hometown Las Vegas.

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The Nationals have made it clear they are still in the running to sign Harper and MLB.com's Jamal Collier claims that their $300 million deal over 10-years is the only offer on the table at the moment.

It can be assumed that Harper also has emotional ties to the Washington organization.

Just because the Phillies appear to be getting a meeting with Harper doesn't necessarily mean their chances of landing the star outfield are going to increase because once again, the competition is high between other teams as well. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score quickly responded by saying the Sox were unlikely to offer more than seven years to either player.

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Harper's free agency is widely considered one of the most important in Major League Baseball history. The offer as stated - seen by many as the low-end of what Harper might expect - has been the single biggest signifier that the Nats are ready to move on from Harper, but the ongoing entanglement between the two sides is evidently more complex. It is also believed that they are even more interested in Machado.

The free agent shortstop indicated he would make a decision on his future in 2019 after completing a three-city visit to meet his main suitors - the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies - in December, prior to the holidays. TC Zencka at MLB Trade Rumors may have captured the essence with the final six words of his piece on Harper today: "the best we have is conjecture".

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