Nationals executives are now calling a reunion with Harper a "long shot".
Both teams brought Machado in for interviews, though the Yankees have since signed shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and second baseman DJ LeMahieu, creating a glut of infielders that seemingly makes a Machado signing superfluous.
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported that the contract is believed to be in the $24 million range.
The Phillies have yet to make an official offer to Harper but are confident they will sign at least one of the two free agent megastars as they've also been connected to infielder Manny Machado all off-season.
Harper met with the brass of the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, but as expected, no deal was reached during that meeting.
"I think it was really positive", Phillies owner John Middleton told 6ABC in Philadelphia's Jeff Skversky.
The Chicago White Sox apparently aren't the only team trying to lure Manny Machado by hiring those close to him. So assuming the Machado domino falls soon, we could finally see this scenario play out in the next week or so. "We watched the player play for years, but we got to understand the man, we got to understand what he'd be like in the dugout, the clubhouse and the community". As Jack Curry of the YES Network said on Twitter, "With the addition of LeMahieu, it's another indication that the Yankees appear unlikely to sign Machado".
Hahn, on a conference call discussing the Jay signing Thursday, remained coy and collected when asked about these big names and non-stop rumors surrounding their free agency. "We don't let it be a distraction".