Phillies, White Sox View Mike Moustakas As Fallback To Manny Machado

Troy Tulowitzki and Manny Machado

Long-term deals are an age-old debate, Svrluga reasoned, but what matters is how young the player is at the time of the signing.

In the end, dollars, years and other factors will likely be the most important things determining where Machado signs a long-term deal, but the Sox are leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit.

Jay is a close friend of star free agent Manny Machado, whom the White Sox have aggressively pursued.

Moustakas is represented by agent Scott Boras, who also counts Bryce Harper as a client, making it easy for both teams to keep in touch about Moustakas.

For the Yankees to truly be out on Machado at this point, he'd have to have offers in hand from the White Sox and Phillies that he knows he would be comfortable accepting, and also he'd have to know that the Yankees definitely will not be approaching those offers.

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Harper slashed.249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs in 159 games with the Nationals in 2018.

Phillies owner John Middleton did confirm earlier in the offseason that his team was ready to spend a stupid amount of money to land their preferred targets.

Levine stated that Philadelphia's meeting with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas could serve as an "artificial deadline" for Machado's decision. Meanwhile, the Nationals have reportedly upped their offer.

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.

However, according to another Major League Baseball insider John Morosi, despite the Nationals making headway in their pursuit of bringing Harper back to Nationals Park for the upcoming campaign, he felt the right-fielder could take his time in signing a new deal, predicting that this whole affair could drag well into February.

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