New York Yankees close to deal with DJ LeMahieu


The Philadelphia Phillies have also been linked to him, but recent reports are suggesting that they are prioritizing Bryce Harper over Machado.

Though many Twitter sleuths tried to analyze the body language of managing partner John Middleton and general manager Matt Klentak after they returned to Philadelphia Saturday night, the organization's meeting with Harper in Las Vegas was apparently productive.

While the Phillies are headed to meet with Bryce Harper, the Phillies might have seen their chances increase to sign infielder Manny Machado. Nationals executives are now calling a reunion with Harper a "long shot". Team representatives reportedly met with Harper, his wife Kayla and agent Scott Boras and included "two slideshow presentations", per Nightengale.

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

Anytime that a team signs a free agent that used to play in Coors Field, people will always look at the home/road splits to see if he can handle not hitting in the high altitude. He can move around the infield despite being a natural second base-man. LeMahieu is also as reliable as they get with the glove.

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Because of that, teams like the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox have been the most aggressive suitors.

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.

It appears they are likely, not definitely, out on Machado now.

Over the last four years, LeMahieu has been a solid bat in the middle of the lineup for the Rockies, delivering some power at times, too, averaging 28.3 doubles and 10 home runs over that time frame. The situation remains fluid, of course.