Race for Bryce Harper looks to be in its final stretch

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This does not definitively close the book on Machado going to NY, which has always been viewed as his ideal landing spot. However, signing both Tulowitzki and LeMahieu is a good indication that the Yankees aren't planning on making Machado a serious offer. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is reporting the deal is worth $24 million.

There's been noise this week that the Yankees are less aggressively after Manny Machado than anticipated.

The 30-year-old LeMahieu spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a.348 average.




The Bryce Harper carousel will keep spinning.

The Yankees might not admit they're completely out on Machado, but they continue to make additions to the infield that would lead you to believe they aren't going to sign the superstar infielder. The Phillies reportedly prefer Machado, and their pursuit of the infielder could increase over the next few days. Didi Gregorius is expected back in mid-July before becoming a free agent at the end of 2019. One of those teams has been the Chicago White Sox, who are desperately looking to sign a star that can be the face of their franchise moving forward.

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. The Yankees already have several players, who they can already use in those positions, as well. That no longer appears to be a realistic option. The Phillies ranked 23rd with a payroll just north of $100 million last season, and ownership has made it clear that the organization is ready to hand out lucrative contracts this offseason. The Phillies might be willing to overspend on one, but not both.

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