Optimism high, flawless storm forming for Phillies to get Harper or Machado

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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.

LeMahieu is set to join his former teammate, Troy Tulowitzki, as a member of the New York Yankees.

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According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the deal is in the $24 million range for the two years.

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Now, the sweepstakes for the outfielder's services appear to in their endgame with a decision likely to come before January is over. The team has made a formal offer to Machado, but whether a contract has been offered to Harper is unknown.

Bryce Harper is a six-time All-Star. While this offseason drags on - and we hopefully get closer to a Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado signing - we'll keep you updated on all the latest rumors and transactions. The Yankees have always been among the most likely destinations for Machado.

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. It does at least seem possible, even as the Yankees should have perverse amounts of money to spend, especially on a 26-year-old star like Machado who could fit with their club seamlessly for a decade. With both LeMahieu and Tulowitzki added to the mix, it would be a little easier for the Yankees to get by until Gregorius returns if they were to move Andujar.

The self-described free-spending Phillies shot to the leaderboard as favorites to land Machado as the Yankees interest waned, but if they invest in Harper, how much cash will they have left for Machado?

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