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Phillies reportedly "clear-cut favorites" to sign Bryce Harper

Rosenthal The Yankees are now out on Manny Machado right? Well Rosenthal The Yankees are now out on Manny Machado right? Well
Jennie Wade | 14 January, 2019, 09:41

With this signing, the Yankees are likely out of the mix to sign free agent Manny Machado.

And now, it seems like a two-horse race for Machado between the White Sox and Phillies. This is a great move by Brian Cashman as he has signed LeMahieu, a two-time All-Star, to a relative bargain, especially when you consider the alternative, Machado's asking price.

The two sides met for five hours Saturday in Las Vegas and Nightengale adds that the Phillies have become the most aggressive team in the Harper sweepstakes while the Washington Nationals' interest appears to be waning. The meeting with Harper might serve as an artificial deadline of sorts for Machado.

LeMahieu is set to join his former teammate, Troy Tulowitzki, as a member of the New York Yankees.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the deal is worth around $24 million.

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So if that then leaves a less-desperate Phillies vying with the Nats for Harper, the latter would have to be considered the favorite. Add those two things up, and the Sox would be sitting as the favorite to land Machado, although it's not out of the question the Phils are willing to spend on both Harper and Machado.

Gold Glove-winning free-agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the Yankees have agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, a deal that would appear to eliminate NY as a destination for Manny Machado. We will have to wait and see, but the Bronx Bombers should be in the conversation.

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Since the Yankees are not in on Bryce Harper (by all appearances, at least), Machado going elsewhere would probably slightly help a dark horse like the Cubs on Harper. Expect some more rumors to break on the subject over the next few days.

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