Manny Machado, Yankees have had little or no contact since meeting

Manny Machado, Yankees have had little or no contact since meeting

Manny Machado, Yankees have had little or no contact since meeting

Multiple reports have emerged in the last 48 hours that suggest that the Philadelphia Phillies feel confident about their chances to sign either Bryce Harper or Manny 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.

Last week, a report from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal said the Cubs want a shot at Harper, but ownership is "unlikely" to provide the approval.

Ultimately, time will tell how the Yankees plan to utilize LeMahieu and the rest of their infielders.

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, Machado's camp has indicated there is a mystery team involved in discussions for landing the prized free agent beyond the heavily rumored Phillies and White Sox.

The Yankees went after Manny Machado, but signing LeMahieu - along with another former Rockies player in Troy Tulowitzki - signals they will not be able to land Machado this offseason. However, they do add more versatility to the infield as LeMahieu can play second base, third base, shortstop, and first base.

LeMahieu's multi-positional abilities will allow him to play second base, with Gleyber Torres at shortstop, in the event that the oft-injured Tulowitzki can not take the field.

Good luck in New York, DJ. That no longer appears to be a realistic option. The 2019 Yankees will also be full of depth as they have valuable assets all around the diamond.

Big-market teams that stayed below the luxury tax threshold in 2018 like the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees were expected to be in the running for both stars. We will have to wait and see, but the Bronx Bombers should be in the conversation.

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