With pitchers and catchers across the league reporting for Spring Training in less than one week, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado shockingly remain available on the free-agent market. Boone, however, said he does not envision the Yankees signing either player.
Drafted first overall by the Washington Nationals in 2010, Harper has finally reached free agency.
The total worth of Harper's next contract will largely be determined by its length, but the six-time All-Star is expected to ink a deal worth at least $31 million per year, according to Spotrac.
The addition of the DH to games played in NL ballparks seems to a matter of if, not when. However, Judge is apparently willing to make some concessions if the Yankees decide to make a late run at Harper and get him in pinstripes.
Harper is also coming off the most frustrating season of his career as he posted a.249 batting average, but still led the majors in walks (130) and recorded a solid.393 on-base percentage.
Harper had a 1.008 OPS in 2017. According to MLB Network, at least eight teams have the 2018 Home Run Derby victor on their radar.