New York Yankees: Fan starts GoFundMe to sign Manny Machado

Center fielder Jon Jay catches a fly ball for the Cubs during a game at St. Louis on Sept. 27 2017

Center fielder Jon Jay catches a fly ball for the Cubs during a game at St. Louis on Sept. 27 2017

It's not even out of the realms of possibility that his decision comes within the next week.

It looks like the three-team race in the Manny Machado Sweepstakes has just lost one of its contenders. The meeting with Harper might serve as an artificial deadline of sorts for Machado.

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 White Sox and Phillies have both finished below.500 in each of the last six seasons.

This mystery team's involvement certainly makes the competition for Machado between the Phillies and White Sox that much more interesting. Machado reportedly still wants a $300 million contract, and potentially one that surpasses Giancarlo Stanton's record-setting $325 million deal.

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Bayern are continuing their public pursuit of the Blues youngster, who has indicated that he wants the move . Do you think Hudson-Odoi will leave for Bayern this month? I think that he can do better.

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.

So if that then leaves a less-desperate Phillies vying with the Nats for Harper, the latter would have to be considered the favorite.

Multiple outlets are reporting the Phillies have hired Bobby Dickerson to be their infield coach. Not to mention, a new report indicated not all Yankees executives were on board with the idea of bringing Machado to The Bronx. So from Harper's perspective, if the money is at least close between the two teams, it would stand to reason that he would return to the nation's capital.

The Washington Nationals' pursuit of Bryce Harper has been a windy path this offseason, but it may be coming to an end soon.

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