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For weeks, the Mets faced the possibility that Manny Machado might end up in Philadelphia, while Bryce Harper returns to the Nationals.
But those aren't the only N.L. East rivals who have checked in on at least one of those star free agents. According to major league sources, the Atlanta Braves have also been in contact with Machado's camp.
Although the Braves are not positioning themselves as the most aggressive team on Machado - the Phillies and White Sox seem motivated to offer more years than the Braves - they have hung around on periphery of this extended free agency, much more so than the Mets.
If the Braves do not land Machado, they do have the budget to land another big free agent, perhaps closer Craig Kimbrel.
As previously reported, Machado has at least two unidentified suitors, in addition to the Phils, Sox and Yankees. Machado has already met in person with at least one of those teams, sources say.
It's unclear if the Braves are one of the mystery teams in question, or if two additional teams are pursuing Machado.