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Phillies trade for INF Brad Miller from Yankees for cash considerations

Phillies trade for INF Brad Miller from Yankees for cash considerations

The Phillies on Thursday acquired infielder Brad Miller from the Yankees for cash considerations to help bolster their depth.

Miller, 29, has played in almost 700 big league games. He hit 30 homers in 2016 but has struggled to stay in the majors since. He’s played 13 games with the Indians this season and hit .250/.325/.417 in 40 plate appearances.

He’s been hitting the ball very well with New York’s Triple A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with a slash line of .294/.399/.596 with 10 homers and 29 RBI in 41 games. Miller has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors and has played first, second and third base and also some shortstop.

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What does Yankees' addition of DJ LeMahieu mean for Manny Machado?

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What does Yankees' addition of DJ LeMahieu mean for Manny Machado?

There's been noise this week that the Yankees are less aggressively after Manny Machado than anticipated.

On Friday afternoon, they agreed to a two-year deal with former Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu, according to Ken Rosenthal.

This does not definitively close the book on Machado going to New York, which has long been viewed as his ideal landing spot. But it does change the equation.

If they make no other infield moves, the Yankees would enter 2019 with LeMahieu at second base, Gleyber Torres or Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop and Miguel Andujar at third. Didi Gregorius is expected back in mid-July before becoming a free agent at the end of 2019.

The Yankees don't have a glaring need for Machado, so many will jump to the conclusion that they've moved on from Machado. All we're saying is never say never. Signing Machado would be about more than this year for the Yankees, who don't seem sold on the defensively-challenged Andujar at third base, and again, have a soon-to-be free agent in Gregorius.

The Yankees have been considered the Phillies' biggest obstacle to landing Machado because of the idea that he's wanted for years to play in the Bronx. If the Phils don't have to worry as much about the Yankees, their odds of landing Machado increase dramatically. 

The White Sox are also after Machado but it has been reported by separate outlets that their offer has been for around $200 million and that they haven't yet shown a willingness to go beyond seven years.

If offers from the Phillies and White Sox are similar, the Phillies would give Machado a better chance to win immediately, if that is indeed what matters most to him.

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Recent Manny Machado-centric moves made by Yankees and White Sox are meaningless

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Recent Manny Machado-centric moves made by Yankees and White Sox are meaningless

Baseball, basketball, football, no matter the sport, rarely does a star free agent’s decision come down to anything other than money and winning. 

Manny Machado is making visits this week. He was in Chicago with the White Sox on Monday and will also visit Yankee Stadium before coming to Philly for a visit Thursday. 

And while Machado makes the rounds, speculation is rampant that his other suitors are making moves to entice him. 

First, there was the White Sox trading for first baseman Yonder Alonso, whose sister is Machado's wife and who lives in the same complex as him in Florida.

Then, there was the Yankees’ adding outfielder and future Hall of Famer Carlos Beltran to their front office. Beltran shares an agent with Machado. 

Let’s be real. Neither development matters. Machado is not going to turn down extra money or extra years under contract because the White Sox now employ his brother-in-law, or because Beltran is now consulting with the Yankees. 

This is Machado’s chance at a historic, life-changing payday. The money, realism of contending and position he’ll play are what matter most. 

If Machado picks the Yankees, it will be because that’s where he’s always wanted to play. If he picks the White Sox, it will be because he’s a crazy person.

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