You may have seen this photo people are freaking out about; it’s nothing to worry about, right?

Someone snapped this suggestive White Sox photo at Chicago’s United Center, home of the Bulls and Blackhawks, and it has been making the rounds on social media. It was deleted from its original location, but the magic of the internet — and screenshots — have brought it back to life.

To add more to this story, Chicago White Sox phenom pitcher Michael Kopech posted a weird message on his Instagram about what the number 34 means to him, which is the number Harper wore in Washington and the same number shown on the marquee in Chicago.

What does it all mean?

Originally, I thought the photo from the United Center meant absolutely nothing, but Kopech’s IG post from Oct. 30 makes me wonder if the White Sox asked him for permission to pitch the number to Harper.

On Wednesday, we saw a number of reports that the Phillies were in a great position to sign the highly coveted outfielder (see story), but the White Sox are definitely a team that can offer something similar to what the Phillies can.

Ultimately, I don’t think this is anything to worry about. It’s no secret that a number of teams are pitching Harper and the image from the United Center could have been a Blackhawks employee having fun or playing a prank, for all we know.

Sometime soon, the speculation will be over and Harper will either be the most-beloved baseball player in Philadelphia or the most-hated player on any opposing team.

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On this edition of At The Yard, Jim Salisbury (from California) and Corey Seidman give you the latest from the GM meetings.

Should the Phillies be considered the favorites to land Bryce Harper? How will Manny Machado’s poor October affect his free agency?

Also, a look at which players from the 2018 roster may not make it back to Philadelphia next season.

1:00 – Bryce Harper’s free agency.
8:30 – Pitching options for the Phillies.
18:00 – Manny Machado’s free agent outlook after a poor October.
22:00 – Are the Phillies ok with Kingery or Crawford at SS?
24:30 – What’s Maikel Franco’s future?
27:00 – Will Carlos Santana get traded this offseason?

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CARLSBAD, Calif. — Notes, quotes and observations as baseball’s annual general managers meetings come to a close and what promises to be a busy, newsy Phillies offseason heats up.

• Will Carlos Santana be traded?

• Do the Phillies have less competition for Bryce Harper than initially thought?

• Will the Phillies land the reliever they wanted at the trade deadline?

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez is available, but the Phillies’ stance is similar to what it was the last two offseasons: They won’t give him away and will hang on to him if they don’t receive value.

Meanwhile, third baseman Maikel Franco is pretty much a sure bet to be traded, and he knows that. According to sources, there is a deal to be made with San Diego. The Padres have long liked Franco, who finished first in batting average (.270), second in OPS (.780) and third in homers (22) for the Phillies in 2018.

What about Machado?

In addition to Bryce Harper, the Phillies are on free-agent Manny Machado. But what if they don’t sign Machado? Who is the opening day shortstop?

“It would be (Scott) Kingery or (J.P.) Crawford,” GM Matt Klentak said. “I think both of them can do it. Our staff believes that if we ask Kingery to be our shortstop next year that he can be damn good one. We also think he can be a damn good second baseman and we know that he can play a variety of positions and can be valuable in a super-utility role.”

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