Yankees sign free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu

Yankees sign free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu

Yankees sign free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu

The Phillies reportedly prefer Machado, and their pursuit of the infielder could increase over the next few days. Here's everything you need to know from the second Sunday of January. But they do appear confident they will bag at least one of the prize free agents.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Sunday, citing three sources, Philadelphia has "emerged as the clear-cut favorite" to sign the 26-year-old.

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

Now, 10 years ago that wouldn't be a problem but now the Bronx Bombers seem to be hesitant to open the checkbook and NJ.com reporter Brendan Kuty mentioned a way fans could get the guy they so desperately want - GoFundMe.

It sounds as if the Phillies will do something stupid.

For a long time this offseason, the Yankees have been linked with frontline free agent infielder Manny Machado. Then, 2017 brought LeMahieu's second All-Star Game appearance and despite battling injuries, he earned his third Gold Glove.

Their infield also includes rising stars Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar at second and third bases, respectively. Jim Thome, special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn said on MLB Network last week that Hahn and vice president Ken Williams are "working hard" and that signing Machado "would be wonderful". Speaking of which, here's this nugget from ESPN's Buster Olney. Machado would be a big step towards getting back to that goal. Harper hit.249 previous year with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs, so there's no denying he will add an offensive boost no matter where he eventually ends up. The Yankees in turn sound committed to him.

This does not definitively close the book on Machado going to NY, which has always been viewed as his ideal landing spot.

Potentially, that's bad news for Machado and for Yankees rooters who've been daydreaming of him in pinstripes. Now, it is believed that Machado will decide between the Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies. The situation remains fluid, of course.

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