New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman tried to make his intentions clear during the MLB Winter Meetings: free-agent slugger Bryce Harper is not high on his wish list, and might not be on the list at all.
Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, hopes to convince the Yankees to reconsider.
With that in mind, MLB.com’s Will Leitch ranked the top contenders to sign Harper wth his “destination power rankings.” No. 3 is the Yankees:
They say they’re mostly out of the bidding — but then again, Brian Cashman will tell you that his Death Star is “fully operational.” If they want Harper, they’ll go get him. There is space for him, both in the lineup — in left field, spelling Aaron Judge in right, at designated hitter, perhaps even someday at first base — and in the payroll. And the Yankees were Harper’s favorite team as a kid and the one he has said he always wanted to play for. I will believe the Yankees are truly out of the chase for Harper when I see him in another uniform, and perhaps not quite even then.
Here is Leitch’s complete list:
1. Philadelphia Phillies
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
3. New York Yankees
4. Chicago White Sox
5. Washington Nationals
6. Chicago Cubs
7. St. Louis Cardinals
8. The Field
Harper and Manny Machado are expected to break the bank and cash in during free agency, with both sluggers looking at signing contracts which could reach or exceed $300 million.