Some MLB teams are interested in All-Star third baseman Manny Machado.
Others, All-Star outfielder Bryce Harper.
And there are some, like the Chicago White Sox (and possibly the Philadelphia Phillies) who are intrigued with the prospect of adding both players this offseason.
The White Sox have already formally offered Machado a long-term contract proposal and the team and the player “are in the middle of negotiations,” persons with direct knowledge of the offer told USA TODAY.
Believed to be closer to $200 million than $300 million, the proposal may not be enough to keep Machado from entertaining other offers.
Chicago has not yet made a formal offer to Harper but the club has been in “constant contact” with his reps and met with Harper, his wife, and his agent Scott Boras in Las Vegas six weeks ago.
Before making him an offer, the team also met with Machado in Chicago.
“When free agency began, it seemed preordained that Harper would wind up with the Phillies and Machado with the Yankees,” according to USA TODAY. “Now here we are, and precious little has changed. Who knows — maybe the White Sox could become more attractive each day, the Dodgers could feel an urge to add star power or the Phillies could act really crazy by signing both.”