MLB Rumors: Manny Machado prefers Yankees over Phillies?

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NY already has its shortstop of the future in place in Didi Gregorious, though he will miss the start of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. What happens if he does?

White Sox fans may face that kind of scenario with the possibility neither Manny Machado nor Bryce Harper will wind up on the South Side despite all the recent media attention and wooing by Sox personnel. If the Yankees lose out on Machado, what would their next move be? The Phillies, like the New York Yankees on Wednesday and the Chicago White Sox on Monday, are the favorites to nab Machado on the open market and pay a pretty penny to do so.

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If nothing else, this report acknowledges that while Machado may have his preferred destination, the dollars and years offered will mean much more to him. He adds that the Phils "seem willing" to outbid the Yankees and make the highest offer for Machado.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Yankees are "enamoured" with the free agent shortstop and believe he is the ideal fit. If they do so, they could look at all-around infielders like Jed Lowrie, Marwin Gonzalez, or DJ LeMahieu.

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Near the end of his four-day, three-city free-agency tour that wrapped up Thursday afternoon, Manny Machado did his share of signing. The two clubs have been among the most connected to potentially signing Machado.

People on the scene also saw a peek of the Phillies' jumbotron mock-up of Machado in their colors.

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