Yankees Reach 2-Year Deal With D.J. LeMahieu

Yankees Reach 2-Year Deal With D.J. LeMahieu

Yankees Reach 2-Year Deal With D.J. LeMahieu

As is their practice, the Sox front office has been mum on free agents talk, especially with two players of this magnitude, although they have made it clear they are in pursuit. 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. The meeting reportedly lasted for five hours before the group flew back to Philadelphia. Nationals executives are now calling a reunion with Harper a "long shot". However, given the fact the group included managing partner John Middleton, club president Andy MacPhail, GM Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler, they likely at least put a legitimate offer on the table at some point during the meeting. The 2019 Yankees will also be full of depth as they have valuable assets all around the diamond.

It sounds as if the Phillies will do something stupid.

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. He can move around the infield despite being a natural second base-man.

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The team has Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, and newly signed Troy Tulowitzki, who can also play those spots on the field. Speaking of which, here's this nugget from ESPN's Buster Olney.

The two-time All-Star is coming off a 2018 season where he slashed.276/.321/.428 with 49 extra-base hits (15 home runs) and 62 RBI. The Yankees in turn sound committed to him.

If the White Sox are able to sign Machado, it will be interesting to see how they fare in 2019. However, the Yankees clearly signed him to potentially serve as a placeholder for Gregorius or a reserve infielder. The situation remains fluid, of course.

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