Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Yankees Sign Infielder, Appear to be Out on Machado

Yankees Sign Infielder, Appear to be Out on Machado

Chicago has offered Machado a contract worth close to $200 million, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently wrote that the Phillies actually prefer Machado over Harper in free agency. The Phillies might be willing to overspend on one, but not both. But on Friday the team added another, leading many to speculate the end of a New York Yankees Machado pursuit.

It finally happened. Someone set up a GoFundMe to help the #Yankees sign Manny Machado. But if Bryce Harper were to return, that would be a pretty large cherry on top of their business so far.

For the Yankees to truly be out on Machado at this point, he'd have to have offers in hand from the White Sox and Phillies that he knows he would be comfortable accepting, and also he'd have to know that the Yankees definitely will not be approaching those offers.

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The Yankees don't have a glaring need for Machado, so many will jump to the conclusion that they've moved on from Machado.

Multiple outlets are reporting the Phillies have hired Bobby Dickerson to be their infield coach.

Few teams in baseball have more money to spend than Chicago and Philadelphia. 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.

In other words, the Phillies either accidentally landed a potential Machado bargaining piece or are making a not-so-subtle push to get the All-Star's attention three weeks after hosting him at Citizens Bank Park.

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