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Although the New York Yankees haven’t extended a formal offer to Manny Machado, conventional wisdom preaches the narrative “never say never.”

Robby Sabo

“Never say never,” especially as it relates to Manny Machado and the New York Yankees.

Brian Cashman and his henchmen haven’t formally extended an offer to the young free-agent slugger. That doesn’t mean all hope is lost, via Wallace Matthews of the New York Daily News.

As of now, the Yankees have still not made a formal offer to Machado or his agent, Dan Lozano. “We’ve talked in concepts,’’ said a source.

“I think (Yanks GM Brian) Cashman might be looking to add a sixth starter to back up CC (Sabathia), and then he’s pretty much set,’’ said a source. “Then again, you never say never.’’

There’s nothing substantial here by way of a true report involving Wallace’s words. In fact, his comment on adding a sixth starter first came from Jon Heyman of Fancred.


The “never say never” is pure speculation, and, “Why not?”

Cashman has, in the past, pulled certain moves from thin air. Even the Sonny Gray trade represented a surprise acquisition in outfielder Josh Stowers via Seattle.

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In addition to Matthews, SNY’s Andy Martino provided hope on the Machado front.

“But again, Yankees in touch with MM and are not out by any stretch. If he has an offer that was “high” enough yet, one presumes he’d have taken it.”

It seems obvious what’s happening. New York’s offer is seemingly far less in value in comparison to the other clubs (Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox) involved.

This, in turn, has Machado’s camp holding out as long as humanly possible. He either wants the Bronx badly or craves a more substantial offer to help the cause.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the ChiSox offered Manny an eight-year, $175 million deal—well below the $300 million asking price.

“The White Sox offer to Machado is for $175 million, over seven years. In some ways, their approach is like Boston’s w/ J.D. Martinez last winter — the Red Sox offered $100 million and waited for two months. If CWS offer emerges as best, a big ? is: Would Machado/NYY re-engage?”

One wonders exactly where the New York Yankees non-offer sits if the Sox are only at the $175-million mark.


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