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Yankees’ Aaron Boone can’t get Manny Machado, Bryce Harper off his mind

February 13, 2019

TAMPA — Aaron Boone wasn’t above listening to the latest Manny Machado or Bryce Harper rumors this winter. The Yankee manager is a baseball fan at heart, first and foremost, so he enjoyed the hot stove talk.

“The attention and the conversation about great players — that’s inevitable, and when you see that interest, I think that’s ultimately something that’s very good for the game and good for the sport, when there is that interest in where guys are going and those kinds of conversations,” Boone said Wednesday in his first news conference of the year. “So I think that’s one of the fun things, certainly, about being a fan, about what you can follow and get interested in and invested in in the offseason about where different guys end up.”

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Aaron Boone can’t get his mind off the still-unsigned Manny Machado (l) and Bryce Harper (r) (Getty Images)

Of course, Harper and Machado still are jobless.

Harper reportedly met with San Francisco Giants brass last week in his native Las Vegas, while Machado is said to be weighing potential offers reportedly between $175 and $200 million for seven-to-eight years from the Phillies, Yankees and White Sox.

Boone was part of the Yankee contingent that met with Machado and his wife over dinner last winter.

“It was a really nice dinner,” Boone said. “I really enjoyed it with him. I feel like I enjoyed him and his wife. He’s a great player. Confident that he’ll be a great player moving forward. But that’s about my take on it. I really enjoyed the day.”

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