MLB.com's Todd Zolecki joined Joe Giglio on Monday evening to discuss the Phillies' interest in Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, following the team's positive meeting with Harper on Saturday. At this point, there's no clear timeline or indication as to when Machado's free-agent saga will end.
Lozano expressed his concerns about the validity of the sources: "I don't know if their sources are blatantly violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement by intentionally misleading them to try and affect negotiations through the public or are just flat out lying to them for other reasons".
One version of the billboard creates a hypothetical lineup if it could somehow sign Harper and Machado, adding them to shortstop Jean Segura and outfielder Andrew McCutchen, whom the Phillies have already brought in this offseason.
If the Sox's offer to Machado really is the highest, it could explain why he has yet to sign.
Signing Machado might be a pipe dream, but he'd certainly look better in a Twins uniform than roaming the infield for the South Siders. That team is the Chicago White Sox.
Another report on Wednesday indicated the Sox are sticking to their initial seven-year, $175 million offer. However, since then nearly every other Major League Baseball reporter has said the White Sox haven't changed their initial offer of seven years and that includes Olney who is reporting the specific $175 million figure. Especially if they're the only team that has offered him a contract. In short, he's been among baseball's best players for a while now.
The Phillies might ultimately set the market for Machado.
ESPN's Jeff Passan reported last week that the White Sox might be willing to stretch their offer to as high as 10 years.
It didn't stop the Sox from their pursuit, despite the oft-repeated marketing slogan from previous year: "Ricky's Boys Don't Quit". It might be Manny Machado. Heading into 2018, many believed that teams were holding back with plans to spend big the following winter.