MLB hot stove: Bryce Harper not a good fit for Yankees, GM Brian Cashman says

The Yankees appear unlikely to sign Bryce Harper.

New York has already traded for starter James Paxton and it is expected to continue to be active this offseason. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Monday the team is not looking to add Harper because he isn’t a good fit for the team.

Cashman said the Yankees already have six outfielders and playing Harper at first base “isn’t realistic,” according to

Brian Cashman indicated that Bryce Harper isn’t a fit for the #Yankees. Said the team already has six outfielders and that playing Harper at first base isn’t realistic.

Cashman said that at no point this winter did he talk about getting an outfielder. “The Harper stuff, I’m surprised you’re still asking.”

The 26-year-old star slashed .249/.393/.496 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs in 159 games with the Nationals in 2018.

Harper has spent all seven of his MLB seasons with Washington. He is a six-time All-Star and won the MVP award in 2015.

The Yankees, however, have already had discussions with star free agent infielder Manny Machado’s agent, Cashman said.  

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Cashman said that he has talked more than once with Manny Machado’s agent, Dan Lozano.

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