While Manny Machado waits to make his move, the Yankees are continuing to stockpile infielders.
According to reports this morning out of New York City, the Yankees have signed LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million deal.
Zolecki states that Machado has been the Phillies' top target because he'd give them an excellent bat and glove a third base.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, which cited an unidentified source, the team remains confident they will "end the offseason with either Harper or [Manny] Machado on their roster".
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The 30-year-old LeMahieu spent the previous eight seasons with Colorado at hitter-friendly Coors Field and won the NL batting title in 2016 with a.348 average.
There's also the possibility that Harper returns to the Nationals, despite already turning down a lucrative 10-year deal worth $300 million with the club last year. The Phillies reportedly prefer Machado, and their pursuit of the infielder could increase over the next few days.
The Yankees have been considered the Phillies' biggest obstacle to landing Machado because of the idea that he's wanted for years to play in the Bronx. No matter what position he plays or how much he plays, LeMahieu should have a positive impact on the Yankees in 2019. He'll join old friend Troy Tulowitzki in a reshaped Yankees infield that should have no shortage of power, defensive acumen, or top-level professionalism. Considering his numbers dipped a bit in his contract year, it's fair to expect a bit of a rebound once he gets settled into his new deal.
The White Sox and Phillies have both finished below.500 in each of the last six seasons.