It’s becoming clear that the New York Yankees’ interest in Manny Machado was marginal and it appears talks between the two sides are dead.
New York Yankees fans have been waiting on an answer to the Manny Machado saga for much of the offseason. But now the writing is on the wall.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees appear to be completely out on Machado.
“The Yankees’ talks with Machado are either dormant or completely dead, and unless Machado accepts far less money from the Yankees than he might get elsewhere, Andujar will be back at third base,” Olney writes.
Despite Machado’s desire to play for New York, the feeling was not mutual. The Yankees always seemed lukewarm on the mercurial third baseman.
Now it appears that the bidding is coming down to the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and one potential mystery team.
Jeff Passan of ESPN is reporting that the White Sox have upped their offer to eight years. Despite Passan’s report, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY contends that the White Sox have not upped their offer from a seven-year offer. Either way, the White Sox appear to be one of the last teams pursuing Machado.
It doesn’t look like the Yankees will be making the big splash that everyone expected this summer. Trading for frontline starter James Paxton was an overlooked move, but not the groundbreaking move most expected. DJ LeMahieu an Troy Tulowitzki are solid depth moves, but are far from major signings.
In short, Yankee fans were told that this team would be a “fully operational Death Star,” but general manager Brian Cashman must not have seen “Star Wars.” The Death Star blows up twice.