Nationals executives are now calling a reunion with Harper a "long shot".
Owner John Middleton and general manager Matt Klentak both seemed positive after returning from Las Vegas Saturday night and talked about getting to know Harper better as a person and answering a lot of questions both they and he had. But the Sox reportedly weren't willing to go beyond seven years on a deal and their offer, said to be closer to $200 million than the $300 million Machado is looking for, might not suffice. The Yankees have always been among the most likely destinations for Machado.
The White Sox and Phillies have both finished below.500 in each of the last six seasons. He can move around the infield despite being a natural second base-man. The 2019 Yankees will also be full of depth as they have valuable assets all around the diamond.
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You are better off getting your chance and if you get that chance then you have to take it. Bookmakers believe there is a real chance that both William and Hudson-Odoi could leave.
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Mofcom spokesman Gao Feng said that these issues were an important item of the negotiations, and that progress has been made. The meetings in Beijing were not at a ministerial level, so were not expected to produce a deal to end the trade war.
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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. Absent a notable trade, it's hard to find room for Machado. The New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs have shown tepid or no serious interest in Harper, meaning none of them, barring an 11th hour change of heart, appear to be realistic suitors at this stage. Along with Daniel Murphy and Brian Dozier, LeMahieu is one of the most reliable free agent infielders in 2018 -not to mention the youngest of the bunch at 30-years-old - and is the only one of the three to win a Gold Glove in three of the last five seasons.
Potentially, that's bad news for Machado and for Yankees rooters who've been daydreaming of him in pinstripes.
For the Yankees to truly be out on Machado at this point, he'd have to have offers in hand from the White Sox and Phillies that he knows he would be comfortable accepting, and also he'd have to know that the Yankees definitely will not be approaching those offers.