That means Machado is expected to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies or Chicago White Sox.
The Yankees are nearly certainly out on Machado after signing Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu, so the mystery team is likely one that hasn't been reported previously. The Phillies might be willing to overspend on one, but not both.
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.
I'll believe the Yankees are out on Manny Machado when I see him wearing another team's jersey at his introductory news conference.
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Days after Chicago signed free-agent outfielder Jon Jay, a longtime friend of Machado's, the Philadelphia Phillies have added former Baltimore Orioles third-base coach Bobby Dickerson as their new infield coach, multiple reports indicated Thursday night.
Since the Yankees are not in on Bryce Harper (by all appearances, at least), Machado going elsewhere would probably slightly help a dark horse like the Cubs on Harper. Friday's move now raises even more confusion over Miguel Andujar's status on the Yankees' roster.
Potentially, that's bad news for Machado and for Yankees rooters who've been daydreaming of him in pinstripes. That no longer appears to be a realistic option. The Yankees were thought to be his preference, meaning he may just take the most money on the table of the two remaining teams, and that's likely to come from Philadelphia.
Reports this week suggested Machado is nearing a decision on where he'll sign for 2019 after closing his last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The White Sox and Phillies have both finished below.500 in each of the last six seasons.