Scott Boras said from the start that Bryce Harper's free agent courtship was going to be a "submarine race", which is to say it would be very secretive.
Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge would welcome free agent and fellow outfielder Bryce Harper to the Yankees. Harper, 26, is a six-time All-Star and former National League MVP for the Washington Nationals. Harper gives the Yankees some additional options in the outfield and perhaps a full-time slot for Giancarlo Stanton at DH, a position held mostly by him a year ago except for his 37 games in the outfield.
Judge was asked who would move from right to center field in the event NY was able to add Harper to an already-crowded outfield.
Bringing in Machado wouldn't be a bad move either, but to be honest, I don't want to hear anything about Machado until I first see a headline that reads, "Harper rejects $50 million offer to play in Philadelphia".
"Wherever he wants to play, wherever he wants to play - we'll make it work", Judge said. Money is a huge influence in the world of professional sports, especially when you think you know what you deserve.
There's at least one reason that scenario won't be happening. Let's not forget that veteran outfielder Brett Gardner is also around, making this Byrce Harper trade seriously ridiculous when you stack all of this together.
San Francisco are no strangers to pursuing big names, having been major players for Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton last offseason. Many of those chances came after Judge suffered a wrist injury that sidelined him about two months.
Harper is most commonly known, much like Machado, for his incredible power versus right- and left-handed pitching and a cannon of an arm out in right field.
"Obviously [Harper] is a great player".
NY has had an active offseason and the second-year manager thinks the team's roster "is pretty much set" heading into the start of camp later this month.
Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar and shortstop Didi Gregorius were being honored alongside Boone at Tuesday's awards dinner. However, that may not happen now, as the landscape has changed with new teams in the mix.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been connected to Harper on multiple occasions but not under the scope of a 10-year deal he may be seeking.