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Nats executives are now calling a reunion with Harper a "long shot" and have not had contact with Harper in over a month according to the report. The team has made a formal offer to Machado, but whether a contract has been offered to Harper is unknown.

LeMahieu's imminent arrival in the Bronx may also be signaling the end of franchise's negotiations with top free agent Manny Machado.

The Yankees are nearly certainly out on Machado after signing Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu, so the mystery team is likely one that hasn't been reported previously.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently wrote that the Phillies actually prefer Machado over Harper in free agency.




As for Manny Machado, whose market is reportedly down to the Phillies and White Sox, Nightengale says the White Sox are now favorites to sign Machado, something very few around the game expected with Philadelphia and the Yankees in the chase.

On the South Side, the White Sox have met with Harper twice, but remain a "longshot". But after a five-hour meeting in Las Vegas with Harper on Saturday, the Phillies appear to be closing in on the former Nationals outfielder. Middleton told Skversky that the meeting was "really positive", and that they "got to understand what [Bryce] would be like for the clubhouse and community". We got to understand what he'd be like in the dugout, the clubhouse and the community.

The Yankees' talks with Machado are either dormant or completely dead, and unless Machado accepts far less money from the Yankees than he might get elsewhere, Andujar will be back at third base. As Jack Curry of the YES Network said on Twitter, "With the addition of LeMahieu, it's another indication that the Yankees appear unlikely to sign Machado". "We don't let it be a distraction".


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