Sources close to Machado believe he ultimately will sign with the team that offers him the most money, per Martino, but the Yankees continue to check in with him in case negotiations with other teams fall through or his salary becomes a lower priority in choosing his next team. The Yankees once were considered front-runners to sign Machado, but the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox reportedly have courted him more aggressively than the Bronx Bombers in recent months.
What this shows is that the longer it takes Machado to sign, the better the odds are he ends up a Yankee.
Machado, who was sent from the Orioles to the Dodgers before the trade deadline, registered a.297/.367/.538 slash line in 162 total games in 2018.
Harper is coming off yet another strong season for the Nationals, having batted.249 with 137 hits, 34 home runs, and a.393 on-base percentage.
NY reportedly offered Machado a seven- or eight-year deal worth around $220 million, according to MLB Network's Jim Duquette, but he quickly retracted, saying it was just a rumor he was hearing.
Philadelphia's odds might be the most perplexing, given that it's always been expected that they would sign either Harper or Machado.
The Yankees have had an active offseason.
Yankees pitchers and catchers will report to spring training Wednesday while the first full-squad workout is February 19.