Yankees Sign Infielder, Appear to be Out on Machado

13 January, 2019, 15:40 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • REPORTS: Manny Machado Still Seeking More Than $325 Million, Yankees Out

But on Friday the team added another, leading many to speculate the end of a New York Yankees Machado pursuit.

Here's the latest on 26-year-old shortstop/third baseman/ball-punisher Manny Machado, who would be the most compelling free agent in many, many years if not for the other 26-year-old on the market, Bryce Harper. But there have been rumors that the Yankees are only lukewarm on Machado, and may not even top TWO hundred million in an offer.

Despite the seemingly obvious fit at second that would move star rookie Gleyber Torres to shortstop, Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that New York's plan is to have LeMahieu serve as a utility infielder.

Harper met with the brass of the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, but as expected, no deal was reached during that meeting.

As such, the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox became the effective front runners to sign Machado in free agency.

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Machado is said to be seeking somewhere in the neighborhood of $300 million, and there has been no indication that the Yankees are willing to go that high.

Of course, Machado's camp could also be using the mystery team as potential leverage in an effort to push the Phillies and White Sox to up their offers to Machado.

The Yankees have been considered the Phillies' biggest obstacle to landing Machado because of the idea that he's wanted for years to play in the Bronx.

While the Colorado Rockies have been slow to sign players this offseason - only landing Daniel Murphy so far - they have now lost one of their most key players in DJ LeMahieu.

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