Bryce Harper


Brian Cashman Says Yankees Have Contacted Manny Machado, But Bryce Harper Not An Option

December 10, 2018 - 6:50 pm

LAS VEGAS (WFAN) -- Major League Baseball's winter meetings, the premier event of the league's offseason, are underway in Las Vegas. To no one's surprise, much of the hubbub has been surrounding Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

Both players have yet to decide where he will be signing in free agency. Harper has spent his entire career with the Washington Nationals but is now the subject of interest from various teams with money to spend on one of the game's elite talents. Machado started his career with the Baltimore Orioles but was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second half of last season. 

The Yankees seemed like a natural suitor for Harper during the years of speculation that have led up to this decision, but now it seems like he really won't be joining the Bronx Bombers. Brian Cashman told a gaggle of reporters that the team has made contact with Machado's representatives, but that Harper is not an option for the team.

This should finally put to bed any last efforts to link the Yankees with a move for Harper. It's always easy to connect the big-money free agents to New York, but that blockbuster move doesn't appear to be happening. Instead, it could be Machado who is coming to town.

It's true that the Yankees have outfielders, but there are significant questions about a few of them, including Jacoby Ellsbury. Still, there is a definite need in the infield. 

Harper hit .249 with 34 homers and 100 RBIs last season with the Nationals. The outfielder is a six-time All-Star and was the National League MVP in 2015. Machado hit .297 with 37 home runs and 107 RBIs as he split his campaign between Baltimore and Los Angeles.

The Mets reportedly have interest in Harper, as do the Phillies, White Sox, and probably a dozen other teams. Philadelphia seem to be the favorites for a variety of reasons. 

The market for Machado is there, but he isn't as in-demand as Harper is. Cashman and company may be going for the target they think they have the better chance of securing.