4 talking points Phillies should make during upcoming meeting with Bryce Harper

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Writers Jon Heyman and Bob Nightengale were among those to quickly report otherwise, saying the Yankees are still very much involved in the talks for the free agent shortstop, although they urged caution about the New York's approach to the sweepstakes. In order to seduce Machado to come to the Windy City, the South Siders have signed first baseman Yonder Alonso, Machado's brother-in-law, and outfielder Jon Jay, one of Machado's best friends.

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. Levine speculates that the meeting with Harper could act as a sort of deadline for Machado to make his decision.

It was reported back in the fall that Washington offered Harper a 10-year, $300 million contract before he hit free agency, but he elected to hit the open market. He said that the Yankees, White Sox, Phillies, and a potential fourth team are in the bidding and looking for an answer soon. He also noted that Machado is receiving offers between $25 and $28 million annually.

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The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox are keeping tabs on Mike Moustakas in the event they are unable to land Manny Machado, according to sources.

If the race to sign Machado is truly between the Phillies and White Sox, Machado is expected to decide on a team "within a week", according to 670 The Score's Bruce Levine.

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