The suits that run the New York Yankees baseball front office are reportedly not willing to dish out $300 million to Manny Machado.
Other teams reportedly in on the 26-year-old are the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox.
Yankees like Manny Machado and will meet with Machado but source says they will not pay $300M for Machado. Phillies, Chisox and mystery teams(?) seen as main competitors.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 9, 2018
Earlier this offseason, the Yankees missed out on free agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, who was asking for a contract in the six years, $120 million range. While the Yankees never officially submitted an offer, they reportedly felt more comfortable offering the left-hander a four or five-year deal.
Corbin ended up signing a six-year, $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals.
The Yankees missed out on another free agent pitcher this offseason when former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi resigned with the Boston Red Sox on a four year, $65.5 million deal. The Yankees did not want to go past three years with the right-hander.
Only time will tell if the Yankees let another top-level free agent slip away.
In 2018, Machado hit .297 with 37 home runs and drove in 107 runs while splitting time with the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers.