The White Sox are hopeful they'll be the "only true remaining suitor" in the Machado sweepstakes if Harper signs with the Phillies.
If it added Harper, Philadelphia likely wouldn't have the resources to sign Machado too. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden, the Washington Nationals offered Harper a deal totaling more than $300 million. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post had reported the Nationals offered $300 million over 10 years.
The Yankees, meanwhile, signed Troy Tulowitzki as insurance at shortstop for Didi Gregorius, who underwent Tommy John surgery in October. ESPN.com's Jeff Passan reported New York also agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal with DJ LeMahieu, further diminishing its need to continue pursuing Machado.
Jeff Passan @JeffPassan
It would be foolish to ever count out the New York Yankees on a player of Manny Machado's caliber. But if they are indeed planning on bringing Machado into the fold, they're going to need to move an infielder, because LeMahieu, Gregorius, Torres, Tulowitzki and Andujar is a glut.
Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN
Yankees view DJ LeMahieu as a Ben Zobrist-type of athlete--can move around to different spots,+ defender, helps address the manager's daily lineup challenges. They love Manny Machado as a player, but idea of another huge contract a concern, with Stanton, and Judge payday looming.
The White Sox have done the legwork to make Chicago the most attractive destination for Machado.
The team acquired Yonder Alonso, Machado's brother-in-law, from the Cleveland Indians in December. And in reporting on Jon Jay's one-year, $4 million deal with the White Sox, Passan wrote Jay is a "close friend" of the four-time All-Star.
Simply by process of elimination, the signs point to Machado going to the White Sox unless he's willing to open the door for other teams.