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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/16/18

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Imagining a discount for Harper; competition for Machado fallback plans; and Sterling in the Nets booth

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MLB.com: Bryce Harper, the top free agent on the market, very well may command the most lucrative contract in baseball history. In point of fact, MLB Trade Rumors predicts a whopping 14-year, $420 million contract for the outfielder. Could his childhood favorite team stand in the way of a record-breaking contract? Jeff Joyce, a host on MLB Network Radio, wonders what it would look like if Harper took less money to play in the Bronx. I wouldn’t count on it, but it’s sure fun to dream.

New York Post | George A. King III: If the Yankees can’t reel in Manny Machado, all evidence points them to pursuing Freddy Galvis. Unfortunately, the Bombers may have competition for the glove-first shortstop. King reports that the Pirates have strong interest in the 29-year-old. The solution to this is clear: Sign Machado and let Galvis play for Pittsburgh.

New York Daily News | Peter Sblendorio: Outside of baseball, I love the NBA. Basketball definitely slots in as my second favorite sport. So when John Sterling, baseball’s most eccentric and entertaining radio broadcaster, calls a Nets game, you have my attention. Sterling will reprise his role as Nets announcer this afternoon when Brooklyn hosts the Atlanta Hawks. It should be a good time!