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Yankees believe Machado is a 'perfect fit’

Yankees believe Machado is a 'perfect fit’”

Wherever Machado and Harper eventually sign, both are expected to sign massive deals, possibly even surpassing the record-breaking amount of Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million deal he signed with the Marlins in November 2014, before being dealt to the New York Yankees one year ago.

In classic Philadelphia fashion, the first person to greet the 26-year-old superstar free agent as he stepped out of his chauffeured SUV was a union construction worker who made his way over to Citizens Bank Park during his lunch break.

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that Machado scheduled in-person visits with the Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies this week.

Machado, who was with his wife, Yainee Alonso, and his representation, met with the Phillies for just over four hours.

While the Dodgers don't appear interested in retaining Machado, he's begun visiting teams this week. Then he proceeded to explain, in raised voice, why Machado should not leave without signing with the Phils.

Whether Machado signs in Philadelphia, takes the New York Yankees up on their likely generous offer or goes elsewhere, the City of Brotherly Love will always have this moment.

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"Pretty awesome", Machado said, according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, when asked how his visit was.

At just 26, Machado is believed to be seeking one of the biggest free agent contracts in Major League Baseball history.

Our Phillies insider Jim Salisbury wrote more about the Phillies' specific plan for the day of wooing earlier.

In a tweet Thursday about the difficulty of playing in the AL East, Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman led with two declarative statements: "Machado is going to the Yankees".

Stephen Gross is a freelance writer.



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