Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Phillies, White Sox reportedly view Mike Moustakas as backup plan

Phillies, White Sox reportedly view Mike Moustakas as backup plan

It seems like some Washington Nationals fans will be just fine if the Nats and Bryce Harper never, ever get back together.

The White Sox know Moustakas well from his long tenure with the division-rival Royals, while Moustakas would address a need for left-handed power in the right-handed-dominant Philadelphia lineup.

Depending on how things go in Las Vegas on Saturday when the two parties meet, only time will tell when it comes to seeing whether Harper ends up being one of those missing pieces for Philadelphia. In the event that Machado does not sign with them, they would feel even more pressure to sign Harper.

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

Washington Post sports columnist Barry Svrluga made the case Thursday for the Nationals to give Harper a 10-year contract.

Bryce Harper, the No. 1 or No. 2 free agent on the market depending on how you view Manny Machado, remains unsigned. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com also reported that the Phils are ramping up their efforts for Machado.

Without the Yankees getting involved, it's hard to see either the Phillies or White Sox meeting Machado's asking price, especially if they're not close to the $325 million or more that Machado reportedly wants. As far as the value of the contract, it's unknown, but it is believed Machado could receive between $25-$28 million annually, Levine adds.

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