The offseason sweepstakes for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain undecided, but one thing looks to be clear: they both want to play in the Big Apple.
Both superstars have been pursued by the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies this offseason, however, both would prefer to play in New York, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
The Chicago White Sox also met with Harper and Machado but are reportedly unwilling to give either a record deal.
The Yankees had "several conversations" with Machado heading into December's winter meetings, general manager Brian Cashman told Sherman.
New York has an immediate need at shortstop to replace the injured Didi Gregorius, which Machado could temporarily fill. He could then shift to third base and take over the position from Miguel Andujar, who the Yankees are reportedly open to trading.
After conducting meetings with the Yankees, Phillies, and White Sox last week, Machado reportedly informed teams that he'd wait until the new year to make his decision.
Because of a crowded and already talented outfield, Harper appears to be less desirable for the Yankees. Sherman notes that they've shown little interest in the 2015 National League MVP, which aligns with their feelings from before the winter meetings.
Harper is also likely seeking a contract exceeding the 10-year, $300-million offer he reportedly turned down from the Washington Nationals in November.
Instead of the Yankees, Phillies, or White Sox, Harper and his agent Scott Boras could turn their attention to one of the Los Angeles Dodgers or Chicago Cubs.
Both clubs have been mentioned as possible destinations for the 26-year-old.