Phillies to have face-to-face meeting with Harper

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Which brings us to the cases of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the two leading free agents in this year's market, and the latest examples of why the game's current economic system is outdated and flawed. Washington did not meet with Harper during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Levine's first tweet on the matter stated the Sox weren't willing to go over seven years in any contract for either Harper or Machado according to "high ranking industry sources". Levine would later follow up stating that Harper already has offers of 10 years from teams that should go with a 5 WAR player. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score quickly responded by saying the Sox were unlikely to offer more than seven years to either player. Remember that both of these guys were expected to get record-breaking deals when they started free agency, perhaps joining Giancarlo Stanton as baseball's only $300 million men or Mike Trout, Zack Greinke, David Price and Miguel Cabrera as guys making $30 million a year. "Who knows - maybe the White Sox could become more attractive each day, the Dodgers could feel an urge to add star power or the Phillies could act really insane by signing both".

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The Phillies have always been connected to Harper and are expected to be "a little bit stupid" with how they spend their money this offseason, team president John Middleton told Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports in November.

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What interests Bryce Harper more, winning or more years on a contract? Returning to play for the Washington Nationals remains a possibility, as he's reportedly met with representatives from the club on multiple occasions.

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Phillies' principal owner John Middleton revealed earlier in the offseason, that his team could spend a stupid amount of money in order to land their preferred targets and with no long-term financial commitments at the moment they are looking at both Machado and Harper. One thing is clear and that is that Harper is willing to wait for the right deal and even the right team.