Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |
Never, since the beginning of this offseason, have we asserted that the Yankees will not sign Bryce Harper. You learn very early in covering this game that to rule out the Yanks on a major acquisition is a risky stand to take.
But what we did report after the World Series was that the Yankees front office emerged from their pro scouting meetings not planning to pursue Harper. And as of Tuesday, that has not changed one bit, according to major league sources.
That answer came after a Yahoo! Report that the Yankees were "among upward of a dozen teams that have traveled or plan to travel to Nevada to meet with Harper."
To be clear, we are not knocking down that report. The Yankees front office is headed to Las Vegas this weekend for the winter meetings, and will presumably see at least agent Scott Boras there, as they do every year. It is possible that Harper will join him; that isn't yet known.
But the larger takeaway from my reporting is that one of the other teams mentioned in the Yahoo! report is more likely to end up with Harper than the Yankees are.
If you're a Yankee fan, and looking for signs that the situation might change, we can relay that when Boras last month floated the idea of Harper moving to first base, that got the Yankees' attention. We can also report that the Yankees feel that even after acquiring James Paxton from Seattle, they have to make a big move or moves to answer the Red Sox' championship.
As of today, that move is not expected to be Harper. We'll do our best to keep you posted on what subsequent days bring.