The Phillies reportedly prefer Machado, and their pursuit of the infielder could increase over the next few days.
Machado may be the answer to their attendance woes, though Sox fans historically only support teams that are winning and have little patience for the alternative. Add those two things up, and the Sox would be sitting as the favorite to land Machado, although it's not out of the question the Phils are willing to spend on both Harper and Machado.
Will baseball's top free agent head to Philadelphia?
"And the age we live in, the age of Twitter and the age of social media, rumors and sort of monitoring the horse race of free agency is part of it", he said. If New York does not sign Machado, the page creator Joshua Anderson from Belton, MO says he will donate all funds to the Coalition for the Homeless in New York City so either way, the money won't go to waste. The Phillies, in particular, have not hidden their interest in both Harper and Machado.
On the South Side, the White Sox have met with Harper twice, but remain a "longshot".
The Philadelphia Phillies, and not the Washington Nationals, have emerged as the clear-cut favorite to sign free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper after meeting with him for five hours Saturday in Las Vegas, three officials told USA TODAY Sports. "We watched the player play for years, but we got to understand the man, we got to understand what he'd be like in the dugout, the clubhouse and the community". The former Colorado Rockies' second baseman is expected to be a "multi-positional asset", likely to see time at third, second and even first base (via Jack Curry of the YES Network).
"I think that's a really important step in any negotiation - to understand what the other party is looking for", Klentak said.