It's amazing there's been no movement at all but the answer is, all the chatter that things were moving was complete bull. The entire rumor industry is just there to sell clicks and get video eyes and play with your emotions. Remember when Harper was supposed to release his uniform on a video game cover the day he met with the Phillies?
It was always thought Machado would sign first but he clearly isn't anywhere near the big number he wants. Nobody ever really thought Harper would sign before February (probably late February).
We've always known both these players wanted to sign $325 million contracts (or record-breaking AAV). Just because they have almost no chance of getting that now (seemingly) doesn't mean they should settle for what's on the table now.
I think it's good that the Padres are in there. If the White Sox offer is accurately reported we know the Phillies probably haven't topped it by that much, or at least, not enough to take him off the market. If San Diego does get in there with a new high bid it won't be hard for the Phillies to chase them out.
At the end of the day we actually want the market to rise, IMO. If it stays low there's a much better chance the Yankees or Nats sneak in.