Bryce Harper momentum builds after long Phillies sit-down

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It has been more than three weeks since Machado met with the Yanks in NY, and Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that there has been barely any communication between the two sides over that period.

If nothing else, the New York Yankees aren't going to be short-handed on the infield this season.

After a face-to-face meeting in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper, his agent Scott Boras and his wife Kayla on Saturday, the Philadelphia Phillies have emerged as "the clear-cut favorite" to sign Harper, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the deal is in the $24 million range for the two years. That lack of desperation on the Yankees' part means they can set a price for Machado and, as Olney reports, engage him only if the market falls to that level. Both work out with and are close friends of Machado. The outfielder will likely demand even more money than Machado.

Both Chicago and Philadelphia are among the contenders to sign Bryce Harper.

The Yankees have been considered the Phillies' biggest obstacle to landing Machado because of the idea that he's wanted for years to play in the Bronx. Making him a 10-year offer worth at least $30 million would probably get the job done.

It will be interesting to see how the Yankees use LeMahieu as a utility player around the diamond. Didi Gregorius will regain his role as the team's shortstop in 2020 and by choosing their current route, the club has signaled that they prefer Miguel Andujar as their long term option at third base. Considering his numbers dipped a bit in his contract year, it's fair to expect a bit of a rebound once he gets settled into his new deal.

It's not clear how enamored Machado is with the Sox, who haven't been to the postseason since 2008 and lost 100 games last season but are selling a strong farm system, a comfortable clubhouse and a rebuilding plan that bodes well for a brighter future.

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