Phillies rumor: Club "clear-cut favorite" to sign Bryce Harper

REPORTS: Manny Machado Still Seeking More Than $325 Million, Yankees Out

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

The Sox have tried to make things comfortable for Machado by trading for his brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, and signing a good friend, free agent Jon Jay.

Harper and his representative, Scott Boras, met with Phillies owner John Middleton, general manager Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler for several hours. The Phillies might be willing to overspend on one, but not both. However, they've recently added to the fold shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and second baseman DJ LeMahieu. From a big picture view, the righty's signing is a hedge against the Yankees' commitment to Tulowitzki, Luke Voit, and even Miguel Andujar.

Now, 10 years ago that wouldn't be a problem but now the Bronx Bombers seem to be hesitant to open the checkbook and NJ.com reporter Brendan Kuty mentioned a way fans could get the guy they so desperately want - GoFundMe.

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.
Along with Daniel Murphy and Brian Dozier, LeMahieu is one of the most reliable free agent infielders in 2018 -not to mention the youngest of the bunch at 30-years-old - and is the only one of the three to win a Gold Glove in three of the last five seasons. The report states they appear to have turned their focus to Machado and recently made him a $200 million offer.

Potentially, that's bad news for Machado and for Yankees rooters who've been daydreaming of him in pinstripes. The 26-year-old - who is reportedly seeking over $300 million - has reportedly received offers from the White Sox and Phillies. The situation remains fluid, of course.

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