When it comes to the two superstars available in free agency, Manny Machado appears to be a much more likely option for the New York Yankees than Bryce Harper. The Yankees already have four capable starting outfielders on the roster, and the team could certainly use help on the left side of the infield.

But that hasn’t stopped the speculation that Harper could be wearing pinstripes in 2019. An eventual union between the Yankees and the player that might command the most lucrative contract in MLB history only seems fitting.

The latest rumors suggest Harper might change positions to fill the Yankees’ needs. That means playing first base for New York, who is unsure if Greg Bird or Luke Voit can be a viable starter over the course of a full season.

Agent Scott Boras has kept the idea of Harper joining the Yankees alive. He’s touted his client’s ability to play first base and shot down reports that say there’s no chance New York will make a major play for Harper.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman has not said one way or another whether the team would pursue Harper, though his comments at this week’s GM Meetings don’t exactly inspire confidence for New York fans who might be hoping to sign the slugger.

“Do I think Bryce Harper could play first base? I don't know,” Cashman said Tuesday, via nj.com. “I don't know. Obviously, he's extremely talented and athletic.

“As I said, we'll assess everything in the marketplace and how it might fit us. I have not talked to Scott yet but I will try to talk to everybody while I'm here.”

Cashman has reiterated that the Yankees prefer to stay below the luxury tax threshold of $206 million next season. Doing so while acquiring Harper and also addressing their needs in the starting rotation probably isn't possible.

The Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes reported Tuesday that Harper rejected a 10-year, $300 million contract from the Washington Nationals in September. That could suggest the 26-year-old is looking for a deal that will pay him closer to $350 million, and possibly $400 million.

Machado wouldn’t be a cheap signing for the Yankees, but he likely isn’t getting anywhere near a $400 million contract.

Bryce Harper Washington Nationals Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals in action against the New York Yankees during their game at Yankee Stadium on June 12, 2018 in New York City. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images