Phillies, White Sox Finalists for Manny Machado

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Both clubs have been linked to Harper as well.

According to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago, the free agent stud infielder will be deciding on a team within a week.

Machado and fellow mega free agent Bryce Harper reportedly don't love the idea of playing in Philadelphia, a notoriously ruthless sports town with a roster that could use some improvements to keep pace with the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals in a competitive NL East.

Don't be fooled by the Yankees, we have seen them operate like thieves in the night in the past (i.e. dealing for A-Rod after the Red Sox were unable to successfully restructure hist contract), perhaps they're just waiting to see what the market is for Manny Machado before striking an offer.

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While the Phillies can lure Machado with cash, the White Sox have taken a unique approach: acquire family and friends of the perennial Gold Glove Award candidate. In the event that Machado does not sign with them, they would feel even more pressure to sign Harper.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com wrote that there is "momentum building" toward Harper going back to D.C.

Levine pointed out that Philadelphia is likely willing to go 10 years for Machado, several more years than the White Sox are willing to. Levine got a little more specific in his latest report, saying "the White Sox will be in on Machado in the $200-million range for six or seven years", which isn't too far off that dot-connecting guesstimate.

While a decision may be coming soon, it's still unclear who has the lead in the bidding.

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