The Rundown: Latest on Harper and Machado, Darvish On a Mission, MLB and MLBPA Exchange Proposed Rules Changes

A quick one today because I’ve a long commute ahead of me due to an awful ice storm. I’ll make it up to you all tomorrow.

Bryce Harper/Manny Machado News

Phillies fans have doubts that Harper or Machado would really want to play in Philadelphia.

Either Harper or Machado would be enormously impactful to the NL Central race. Imagine if the Cubs signed Harper and the Cardinals signed Machado?

Aaron Boone tells Yankees fans that they “should never say never” on the addition of either player.

Aaron Judge is willing to play a new position in order for the Yankees to sign Harper.

The true reason Machado and Harper are still available is that no team really wants to spend the money to sign them.

At least eight teams are still in on Harper if he would consider signing a short-term deal.

If Nolan Arenado is truly about to sign an extension with Colorado, the Yankees — and other teams for that matter — might want to amp up their efforts to sign Harper. Who would have thought next year’s free agents would freeze this year’s market?

The Yankees, Astros, Giants, and Cardinals could be Harper’s mystery teams.

Cubs News & Notes

Wednesday Stove

Interesting stuff. I am not opposed to a National League DH, but I don’t think I’d favor a three-batter minimum for pitchers. It seems more and more like baseball is trying to take the game out of the hands of its managers.

Changes to defensive shifts is still on baseball’s rules committee agenda.

Baseball’s free agent freeze has been an embarrassment to the game.

Add the Phillies to the list of teams interested in J.T. Realmuto. They may feel like pursuing either Harper or Machado has become a bit of a lost cause.

Baseball’s luxury tax should have little impact on the signing of free agents, if any at all.

Curtis Granderson has agreed to a minor league deal with the Marlins.

Brandon Guyer has agreed to a minor league contract with the White Sox.

ChiSox starter Michael Kopech is throwing for the first time since he had season-ending Tommy John surgery in September.

Extra Innings

Ron Santo pizzas. Do you remember those?

Wednesday Walk Up Song

Let it Go by James Bay. Harper to the Cardinals? As if.

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