Phillies to hire Manny Machado's mentor from Baltimore

Rex Christensen
January 13, 2019

The Bryce Harper carousel will keep spinning.

Now, the sweepstakes for the outfielder's services appear to in their endgame with a decision likely to come before January is over. The meeting with Harper might serve as an artificial deadline of sorts for Machado.

Harper and his representative, Scott Boras, met with Phillies owner John Middleton, general manager Matt Klentak and manager Gabe Kapler for several hours.

Speaking of Harper, it's always been expected that he'd wait for Machado to sign so that he and Scott Boras could top Machado's deal.

The answer might very well be "no" if Machado refuses to lower his expectations; the Yankees' party line is they will not pay him anywhere near $300 million.

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The Yankees have been considered the Phillies' biggest obstacle to landing Machado because of the idea that he's wanted for years to play in the Bronx.

The Bombers on Friday reached an agreement on a two-year contract with free agent second baseman DJ LeMahieu, WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman confirmed. If New York does not sign Machado, the page creator Joshua Anderson from Belton, MO says he will donate all funds to the Coalition for the Homeless in New York City so either way, the money won't go to waste.

Multiple outlets are reporting the Phillies have hired Bobby Dickerson to be their infield coach.

LeMahieu, 30, has spent eight years in the majors, the last seven with the Colorado Rockies, where he was a two-time All-Star and National League batting champion in 2016. Expect some more rumors to break on the subject over the next few days.

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