Optimism high, ideal storm forming for Phillies to get Harper or Machado

Center fielder Jon Jay catches a fly ball for the Cubs during a game at St. Louis on Sept. 27 2017

According to reports this morning out of New York City, the Yankees have signed LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million deal.

Of course, Machado's camp could also be using the mystery team as potential leverage in an effort to push the Phillies and White Sox to up their offers to Machado.

After the Boston Red Sox won the 2018 World Series, New York Yankee fans want the Bombers to make some kind of big splash in 2019 free agency and that could mean signing superstar Manny Machado.

This is LeMahieu's first offseason as a free agent.

Now, the sweepstakes for the outfielder's services appear to in their endgame with a decision likely to come before January is over.

The answer might very well be "no" if Machado refuses to lower his expectations; the Yankees' party line is they will not pay him anywhere near $300 million.

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Late last night we learned that the Phillies added Machado's former infield coach.

The Bryce Harper carousel will keep spinning. The Yankees have not publicly made Machado an offer - and with LeMahieu, Andujar, Torres, and Tulowitzki now - they may never get to that point.

At 30-years-old, the defensive maestro will offer extreme value to the Yankees. Didi Gregorius will regain his role as the team's shortstop in 2020 and by choosing their current route, the club has signaled that they prefer Miguel Andujar as their long term option at third base.

Few teams in baseball have more money to spend than Chicago and Philadelphia. Considering his numbers dipped a bit in his contract year, it's fair to expect a bit of a rebound once he gets settled into his new deal. He has struck out less than 100 times in four of the last five seasons.

Jeff Skversky of 6 ABC Philly spoke to both Middleton and Klentak after they landed back in the City of Brotherly Love.

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