The New York Yankees might have added two infielders, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t talked logistics with Manny Machado.
The headache that has been the 2019 MLB offseason continues.
According to a report from Wallace Matthews of the New York Daily News, the New York Yankees have “talked in concepts” with superstar Manny Machado.
Matthews’ goes on to say that those concepts are not close to the reported offers the Chicago White Sox have out there for Machado. Chicago has reportedly offered the 26-year-old a seven-year $175 million contract and an eight-year $250 million contract.
Machado and his agent Dan Lozano are looking for a 10-year deal with a price tag over $300 million, but the problem is that it appears no team wants to go further than eight years for Machado’s services.
New York added two infielders not named Machado earlier this offseason in Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu, which led many to believe they would be out on the Machado sweepstakes. Even with those additions though, the Yankees are keeping their options open in hopes that Machado will just “fall in their laps” as Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Jan. 25.
barring Machado falling into their lap (not that likely), the Yankees are just about done. the one thing left on their list is a possible starter to bolster their rotation depth.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 25, 2019
Recent reports have also indicated that the San Diego Padres have expressed interest in Machado, but they have also done so with a few other big names on the market like Mike Moustakas.
If the perfect deal does come along, like how Giancarlo Stanton fell into their laps, general manager Brian Cashman will lock Machado up quickly. But as of right now that hasn’t been the case as Machado continues to look for a new home.
This report, if anything, shows the Yankee fan that their interest in Machado was real, it’s just not at the price Manny’s camp desires.
It sure feels like it was forever ago that Machado was definitely coming to the Bronx, just showing how this offseason cannot end quick enough.