Yankees Reach 2-Year Deal With D.J. LeMahieu

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

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

The Chicago White Sox also showed strong interest in the 26-year-old outfielder but have yet to make him a formal offer.

Jeff Skversky of 6 ABC Philly spoke to both Middleton and Klentak after they landed back in the City of Brotherly Love. Needless to say, this will be an interesting weekend for the Phillies. It appears, though, that they have become the definitive favorite for one of the two star free-agents specifically.

It's not a insane idea to think the New York Yankees are signing superstar free agent Manny Machado, but to guarantee it and even give a timeline as to when it's going to happen is a whole other thing. They would need to make another move or two, but adding that kind of offensive weapon and name would turn things around quickly.

"And the age we live in, the age of Twitter and the age of social media, rumors and sort of monitoring the horse race of free agency is part of it", he said. We will have to wait and see, but the Bronx Bombers should be in the conversation. "We watched the player play for years, but we got to understand the man, we got to understand what he'd be like in the dugout, the clubhouse and the community".

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Hahn has denied that bringing in Machado's brother-in-law (Alonso) and close friend (Jay) have anything to do with their pursuit of the star infielder, though obviously it doesn't hurt to have someone close whispering in his ear. Friday's move now raises even more confusion over Miguel Andujar's status on the Yankees' roster.

In other words, the Phillies either accidentally landed a potential Machado bargaining piece or are making a not-so-subtle push to get the All-Star's attention three weeks after hosting him at Citizens Bank Park.

But as the horse race enters the homestretch, it looks like Hahn might have a winning ticket.

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