However, this signing is also a sign that the Yankees are not serious contenders to sign Manny Machado. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu will join the Yankees on a two-year deal, according to YES Network's Jack Curry. Stay in contact with Machado's agent, Dan Lozano.
"The Phillies' interest in Harper is real, but for months it has been clear that Machado is the team's priority", NBC Sports Philly's Jim Salisbury wrote on Friday.
The Yankees plan to use LeMahieu, a three-time Gold Glover, in a versatile role around the infield.
Free agent star Manny Machado has an eight-year contract offer from the Chicago White Sox, reports ESPN's Jeff Passan. The Yankees already are. The Philadelphia Phillies have also been linked to him, but recent reports are suggesting that they are prioritizing Bryce Harper over Machado. The Yankees also reached one-year deals with shortstop Didi Gregorius ($11.75 million), reliever Dellin Betances ($7,250,000), newly acquired James Paxton ($8,575,000) and pitcher Sonny Gray ($7.5 million). If the Phillies are the "clear-cut favorite" for Harper, as Nightengale described them, then is there still a chance they can sign Machado, too?More news: Stopping Brexit Could Trigger Rise of Extremists - UK’s Transport Secretary
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Harper reportedly turned down a massive contract from the Washington Nationals, the team he's spent his seven-year Major League Baseball career with, so it will be interesting to see what kind of offer comes from Philadelphia.
All of that needs to be taken into account when discussing the White Sox competition for Machado, which appears to be exclusively the Phillies.
Nightengale adds that there is no formal deadline to sign either player, but both the Phillies and the White Sox would like to sign their respective superstars sooner rather than later to maximize season ticket sales. But now here we stand. When will it end?