As is their practice, the Sox front office has been mum on free agents talk, especially with two players of this magnitude, although they have made it clear they are in pursuit. The Philly Inquirer has reported that the Phillies prefer the infielder to the outfielder, and by closing in on Harper, Philadelphia is putting pressure on Machado to make his decision soon. The meeting reportedly lasted for five hours before the group flew back to Philadelphia.
Executives from the Nationals, with whom Harper has spent his first seven big-league seasons, called a Harper reunion a "long shot".
Harper, his wife Kayla and agent Scott Boras met Saturday with the Phillies managing partner John Middleton, president Andy MacPhail, general manager Matt Klentak, manager Gabe Kapler and assistant general manager Ned Rice. The Phillies might be willing to overspend on one, but not both.More news: Stackstown's delight as Padraig gets nod to lead Ryder Cup bid
Now, 10 years ago that wouldn't be a problem but now the Bronx Bombers seem to be hesitant to open the checkbook and NJ.com reporter Brendan Kuty mentioned a way fans could get the guy they so desperately want - GoFundMe. That would open up second base for LeMahieu, at least until Gregorius is set to return. This is a great move by Brian Cashman as he has signed LeMahieu, a two-time All-Star, to a relative bargain, especially when you consider the alternative, Machado's asking price.
LeMahieu authored a.276/.321/.428 slash line with 15 home runs and 62 RBIs in 128 games for the Colorado Rockies in 2018. Now, it is believed that Machado will decide between the Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies.