Yankees signing DJ Lemahieu as Manny Machado hopes fade

Center fielder Jon Jay catches a fly ball for the Cubs during a game at St. Louis on Sept. 27 2017

The Yankees agreed to a two-year contract with second baseman DJ LeMahieu on Friday, according to the YES Network's Jack Curry.

The Chicago White Sox apparently aren't the only team trying to lure Manny Machado by hiring those close to him. The free agent process for both players has been slow to this point, but it looks like the market for Machado may finally be heating up, and may even involve a mystery team.

The White Sox are also after Machado but it has been reported by separate outlets that their offer has been for around $200 million and that they haven't yet shown a willingness to go beyond seven years.

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently wrote that the Phillies actually prefer Machado over Harper in free agency. But if Bryce Harper were to return, that would be a pretty large cherry on top of their business so far.

It would be quite a shock, from a fit perspective, to see the Yankees out on Machado, who makes so freaking much sense for them and who reportedly really wants to be a Yankee. The move is already sparking speculation that NY is bowing out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes. Needless to say, this will be an interesting weekend for the Phillies. That no longer appears to be a realistic option. The Phillies ranked 23rd with a payroll just north of $100 million last season, and ownership has made it clear that the organization is ready to hand out lucrative contracts this offseason.

Machado has seemingly had a similar struggle to Harper in attempting to secure the kind of record-breaking deal he desires this offseason.

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