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DJ LeMahieu leaves Rockies to join New York Yankees

13 January 2019

Yet neither Philly nor Chicago has reportedly come close to the $300-million contract offers Machado expected entering the open market.

It has been more than three weeks since Machado met with the Yanks in NY, and Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that there has been barely any communication between the two sides over that period.

One second baseman that they have seemingly been linked to all winter was D.J. LeMahieu, who they are very familiar with considering he played for the division-rival Colorado Rockies the last seven seasons.

The deal has yet to be announced publicly by the team.

The Yankees added another infielder on Friday.

According to sources, the Yankees never got far along enough in the talks to offer Machado a contract and they clearly seem to have moved in another direction, both with the signing of Tulowitzki - who they are only paying the league minimum as he hopes to resuscitate his career - and now LeMahieu, who was an All-Star as recently as 2017.

LeMahieu is widely regarded as one of the best defenders at second base; winning the NL Gold Glove at the position three times including the last two years.

NY brought in Tulowitzki with the understanding that if he's healthy he'll be playing shortstop.

The Yankees don't have a glaring need for Machado, so many will jump to the conclusion that they've moved on from Machado.

The only real question mark in the Yankees' infield is first base, with Luke Voit and Greg Bird returning next season. But they could also be waiting on the decision fellow superstar free agent Manny Machado before making their final decision.

The Phillies are the third team to unsuccessfully make a run at Harper after he previously met with the White Sox and Dodgers, though reports have suggested Chicago and Philadelphia are the only teams willing to offer the veteran a 10-year deal.

DJ LeMahieu leaves Rockies to join New York Yankees