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Harper *and* Machado to Phillies rumors
It's not likely. It's not something you should bet on. But it's going to be talked about. At some point during the course of the meetings, expect a tweet or report like this to scroll across your timeline: "Handful of executives believe the Phillies could pull off the double signing of Bryce Harper *and* Manny Machado."
Yankees finish rotation work
The trade for James Paxton gave the Yankees the top-of-the-rotation stud needed to compete with Boston and Houston in the AL postseason. Next up: Putting the finishing touches on a group that already has Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia. J.A. Happ, after pitching well down the stretch for New York last year, makes too much sense for the Yankees to pass up.
Mets, Yankees battle for N.Y. product
Once Happ is signed, the Yankees will turn their attention to making sure the bullpen is dominant once again. Righty Adam Ottavino (2.43 ERA, 13.0 K/9) stands out in a crowded reliever market. The New York-born strikeout artist will draw big interest from both the Yankees and Mets, possibly creating a hometown bidding war for the breakout star.