Yankees continue to ‘check in’ on Manny Machado

Yankees continue to ‘check in’ on Manny Machado

Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants are even longer shots at +10000 at sports betting sites, but that has not stopped them from taking a shot at Harper on a short-term deal. They've already traded for starter James Paxton and signed free agent infielders Troy Tulowitzki and DJ Lemahieu, among other moves.

In early November, Nightengale said you "can bank on" Harper signing with the Phillies.

The Washington Nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been mentioned for Harper, too, though Nightengale believes they're out. "It's a two-team race here".

San Francisco is coming off two of their worst seasons in a decade, but they improved to win 73 games past year.

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"Right now I really do think it's the Giants and the Phillies". The Giants are hampered by large contracts handed out to pitchers Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, and Mark Melancon, who are owed a combined $140 million through the remainder of their contracts.

"The Giants don't want to give a 10-year contract", Nightengale told 680 KNBR 1050.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Sunday the Giants were preparing a lucrative short-term offer for Harper while claiming the team had no intention of meeting his demands of a long-term deal for over $300 million.

"I think if it's close he goes to San Francisco, if there's a huge gap, it's tough to walk away from that kind of money". Despite being one of baseball's marquee free agents this winter, Harper is still looking for a new home. "The Yankees are not the frontrunners for Machado - both the White Sox and Phillies have been more aggressive - but they are not out on him, either".

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