The New York Yankees were long thought of to at least have taken a flier in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, but apparently the team never even met with the superstar free agent outfielder.
Andy Martino of SNY reported Sunday that a meeting between Harper and the Yanks NEVER happened.
As this Bryce Harper derby heats up per @JonHeyman, know that the Yankees and Mets both went wire to wire with their disinterest. Despite some buzz about a Yankees meeting with Harper, it never happened.— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) February 17, 2019
While Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hasn't yet slammed the door on trying to acquire Harper or Manny Machado, this certainly is an interesting development.
As of Sunday, the Phillies appear to be in pole position to land the 26-year-old slugger. Rumors continue to swirl that Philadelphia is prepared to offer Harper a 10-year, $310 million deal, much more in line with what the former NL MVP was looking for in the free agent market.
Philadelphia has had quite the active offseason and with the quality of players they have acquired thus far, an addition of Harper to their lineup would certainly put the Phils in position to make a run at an NL East title.