Manny Machado and Bryce Harper


Report: Cashman Hasn’t Ruled Out Yankees From Machado-Harper Chase

February 17, 2019 - 2:14 pm


Top free-agent sluggers Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are still looking for homes as spring training begins. Though several teams remain interested, the Yankees haven’t been viewed as contenders to sign either of the high-priced duo.

When free agency began, Harper and Machado anticipated $300 million paydays, but no team has been willing to meet their demands.

Cashman was asked if he has contacted or connected with the Harper and Machado camps.

“I wouldn’t say specifically but I would reinforce I am doing my job,’’ Cashman told The New York Post. “Whether it is those two players or other players. The job at hand is to constantly be open-minded to ways to make this work.’’

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The Yankees have bolstered their offense with the signings of infielders DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki. Longtime Yankee outfielder Brett Gardner was re-signed to a one-year contract.

Still, these are the Yankees and there’s always a chance that the Bombers make a big splash.

“I take calls and make calls and that’ll continue,’’ Cashman said. “And if it leads to somewhere, whether that’s something very big or something very small, I think it’s just the job. The clock is always running.’’

Position players are scheduled to report to spring training on Monday and the Yankees’ first full squad workout is on Tuesday. The Yankees open their preseason schedule against the rival Boston Red Sox on Saturday.