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However, this signing is also a sign that the Yankees are not serious contenders to sign Manny Machado.

Now, the sweepstakes for the outfielder's services appear to in their endgame with a decision likely to come before January is over.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic recently wrote that the Phillies actually prefer Machado over Harper in free agency.

Despite playing exclusively at second base the last four years, the Yankees plan to use LeMahieu as a sort of super-utility infielder, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. He will play first base, second base, and third base for the team.

You still think the New York Yankees are going to sign Manny Machado?

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LeMahieu's multi-positional abilities will allow him to play second base, with Gleyber Torres at shortstop, in the event that the oft-injured Tulowitzki can not take the field. The infield mix already includes Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, and incumbent shortstop Didi Gregorius is slated to return from Tommy John surgery as early as June. Then, 2017 brought LeMahieu's second All-Star Game appearance and despite battling injuries, he earned his third Gold Glove. In my opinion, the 2019 New York Yankees are better without the expensive star.

DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki are low (er) risk signings that won't force the club to change their direction away from their young core. Middleton told Skversky that the meeting was "really positive", and that they "got to understand what [Bryce] would be like for the clubhouse and community".

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The Yankees don't have a glaring need for Machado, so many will jump to the conclusion that they've moved on from Machado. So assuming the Machado domino falls soon, we could finally see this scenario play out in the next week or so.


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