The Yankees are nearly certainly out on Machado after signing Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu, so the mystery team is likely one that hasn't been reported previously.
So after the New York Yankees signed DJ LeMahieu, the sense seems to be they are all but out on Machado.
There's been noise this week that the Yankees are less aggressively after Manny Machado than anticipated.
Their infield also includes rising stars Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar at second and third bases, respectively.
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"The Phillies' interest in Harper is real, but for months it has been clear that Machado is the team's priority", NBC Sports Philly's Jim Salisbury wrote on Friday. The White Sox have all but gathered Machado's Miami training buddies by signing Jay and landing Machado's brother-in-law Yonder Alonso, so who's to say the Phils' addition of Dickerson isn't a similar ploy to catch one of free agency's biggest fish?
According to Jon Heyman of FanCred, a mystery team may be in negotiations with Machado, joining the two previous favorites in the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees were thought to be his preference, meaning he may just take the most money on the table of the two remaining teams, and that's likely to come from Philadelphia. The Phillies reportedly prefer Machado, and their pursuit of the infielder could increase over the next few days. The Phillies might be willing to overspend on one, but not both.
Dickerson, who most recently was the Orioles' third-base coach, has ties to free agent Manny Machado - whom the Phillies covet.