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Bryce Harper wants to be a Yankee. Here’s how the front office can pull some strings to make that happen.

Josh Benjamin

I never wanted the New York Yankees to pursue Bryce Harper in free agency.

Months ago, I even wrote a piece saying how re-signing Andrew McCutchen to a short-term contract was a better idea compared to giving Harper big money. Even with McCutchen now a Philadelphia Phillie, New York’s outfield is set enough that Harper isn’t a top priority.

Well, free agency has once again provided a twist worthy of M. Night Shyamalan. Joel Sherman of The New York Post reported earlier this week both Harper and Manny Machado preferred to play for the Yankees instead of Philadelphia. The Phillies have expressed strong interest in both, but those dreams could go up in smoke with New York in play.

Now I can only assume once Brian Cashman heard that, his reaction was something like this:

And who can blame him? It was reported early in the offseason Harper wasn’t even on New York’s radar. Now he expects the Yankees to make room for him just because he wants to wear pinstripes?

I still don’t want Harper on the team. I’m even lukewarm on the idea of signing Machado.

However, if Cashman were to make the following moves and then sign Harper, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

Thus, as I scrub up and get ready to do some surgery as Dr. Trade, let’s dive right in!

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