Manny Machado and Bryce Harper: Who'll blink first?

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Before making him an offer, the team also met with Machado in Chicago.

Chicago became the first team to formally offer Machado a contract, according to USA Today, which cited four people with knowledge of the offer who spoke on condition of anonymity.

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that Harper has met multiple times with Nationals' representatives and that staying in D.C.is a distinct possibility for the 26-year-old slugger.

How will Bryce Harper and Manny Machado affect the fortunes of their new clubs?

The infielder held meetings with the White Sox, Yankees, and Philadelphia Phillies last month, and his market could gain further clarity in the next few weeks.

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For what it's worth, ESPN's Jeff Passan - one of the most respected Major League Baseball insiders - reported on Wednesday that the White Sox are willing to go 10 years. It'd give Machado an average salary of well more than $35 million, the highest in baseball history. It is also believed that they are even more interested in Machado. That could give an edge to the Phillies, who have vowed to spend "stupid" this winter. For the White Sox to do that and not go past seven years, the contract would have to pay Harper an average salary of almost $47 million.

The Nationals reportedly pulled their 10-year, $300 million contract offer to re-sign the star outfielder back in November. Apparently that hasn't been their only offer.

The Washington Post also reported that a meeting between Harper and Nationals owner Ted Lerner took place on the Sunday before Christmas, but initially people within the team refused to confirm it before later admitting that there had been more than one meeting during the winter.

The White Sox made "a serious offer, likely closer to $200 million than $300 million", according to Nightengale.

Don't expect a decision anytime soon, at least not both of them.

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