New York Yankees Sign DJ LeMahieu, Is Machado Out?

New York Yankees Sign DJ LeMahieu, Is Machado Out?

New York Yankees Sign DJ LeMahieu, Is Machado Out?

Machado reportedly still wants a $300 million contract, and potentially one that surpasses Giancarlo Stanton's record-setting $325 million deal.

Here's the latest on 26-year-old shortstop/third baseman/ball-punisher Manny Machado, who would be the most compelling free agent in many, many years if not for the other 26-year-old on the market, Bryce Harper.

Now, the sweepstakes for the outfielder's services appear to in their endgame with a decision likely to come before January is over. He can move around the infield despite being a natural second base-man.

The 30-year-old LeMahieu spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a.348 average.

Despite being a rotational player, where manager Aaron Boone can use him in multiple positions, it's an odd fit.

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With Greg Bird and Luke Voit still on the roster at first base, the LeMahieu signing may make Andujar an immensely population trade chip again.

The Phillies' meeting with Bryce Harper in Las Vegas went so well that the team may be shifting its focus to Harper instead of Manny Machado, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, who cited a pair of sources.

Good luck in New York, DJ. 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. 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 are left to wonder, does this move make the New York Yankees the best team in baseball? So assuming the Machado domino falls soon, we could finally see this scenario play out in the next week or so.

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