The New York Yankees, long connected to Machado, have filled their infield vacancies by signing Troy Tulowitzki and D.J. LeMahieu, while other big spenders like the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are already stacked on the infield.
According to reports this morning out of New York City, the Yankees have signed LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million deal.
LeMahieu's imminent arrival in the Bronx may also be signaling the end of franchise's negotiations with top free agent Manny Machado.More news: Trump says record-long govt shutdown could be resolved 'in 15 minutes'
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently wrote that the Phillies actually prefer Machado over Harper in free agency.
It'll be interesting to see how the Yankees envision LeMahieu fitting in - and does his addition mean they're out of the Machado sweepstakes?More news: L.A. Coliseum could potentially host AFC/NFC conference championship games
Machado has seemingly had a similar struggle to Harper in attempting to secure the kind of record-breaking deal he desires this offseason.
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.
Throughout the offseason, the Yankees were said to be uninterested in engaging Machado and his agent, Dan Lozano, about a contract in the 10-year, $300 million range and he would only fall to them if the Phillies and White Sox didn't come close to those numbers.More news: PM warns of catastrophe if Brexit rejected
Multiple outlets are reporting the Phillies have hired Bobby Dickerson to be their infield coach.