Yankees Out on Harper; Continue Machado Pursuit

The prizes of the 2018–19 free agent class have been connected to the New York Yankees for what feels like an eternity. But, according to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, only one of them is a fit in the Bronx: infielder Manny Machado.

“At no time all winter have I said that I’m looking for an outfielder,” Cashman told reporters from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. “The [Bryce] Harper stuff, I’m surprised you’re still asking.”

One thing he is looking for is a replacement on the left side of the infield for shortstop Didi Gregorius, Who is expected to miss at least the first half of the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Machado, of course, is capable of playing both third base and shortstop at an elite level.

“I’ve had several conversations with Dan Lozano about Manny Machado,” Cashman said. “We are definitely focused in the marketplace on those areas of need. He obviously is available and solves that area of need. I’m not going to deny we’ve had a conversation or two.”

Jon Heyman of Fancred has indicated that the Yankees would go after Machado if he were willing to except a slightly shorter contract with a total value less than $300 million. The Yankees will be one of a few teams Machado meets on a tour of their cities. Two other teams that will meet with the 26-year-old are the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.

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