DJ LeMahieu leaves Rockies to join New York Yankees

Carrie Guzman
January 13, 2019

With DJ LeMahieu nearing a 2-year deal with Yankees, Machado's chances of going to NY have narrowed further.

The team agreed to a two-year deal worth $24 million with DJ LeMahieu, a source confirmed.

While the Phillies are headed to meet with Bryce Harper, the Phillies might have seen their chances increase to sign infielder Manny Machado. Machado reportedly still wants a $300 million contract, and potentially one that surpasses Giancarlo Stanton's record-setting $325 million deal. But they could also be waiting on the decision fellow superstar free agent Manny Machado before making their final decision.

If they make no other infield moves, the Yankees would enter 2019 with LeMahieu at second base, Gleyber Torres or Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop and Miguel Andujar at third. The meeting with Harper might serve as an artificial deadline of sorts for Machado.

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According to Jon Heyman of FanCred, a mystery team may be in negotiations with Machado, joining the two previous favorites in the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox.

If Machado is truly holding out for a historic contract, the White Sox and Phillies probably control their own destiny when it comes to their odds of landing the 26-year-old. The Yankees were thought to be his preference, meaning he may just take the most money on the table of the two remaining teams, and that's likely to come from Philadelphia.

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

The White Sox and Phillies have both finished below.500 in each of the last six seasons.

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