As Spring Training looms, the reports of a New York Yankees long-term contract offer to Manny Machado have appeared.
— SNY (@SNYtv) February 9, 2019
Duquette goes on to say how New York is not the only team to make an offer of that nature, while other reports indicate Machado is still holding out for an offer of $300 million.
For what it’s worth, Jim Duquette has tried to walk this back. He took to Twitter to state that these were just rumors that he’s hearing.
To clarify a report out there attributed to me, I was only speculating about a recent rumor that I had heard, not “reporting it as fact” .
— Jim Duquette (@Jim_Duquette) February 9, 2019
This is just another example of a rumor, but it shows that general manager Brian Cashman might not be done like most believe he is. The reported offer, while not necessarily is in writing, seems to be a legitimate offer on par with some of the previous offers reported.
One key point Duquette was sure to make is how New York will not be the highest bidder for Machado’s services. The Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox have been linked to Machado all winter along with the Yankees.
Now with Spring Training approaching, teams like the San Diego Padres are showing interest with the hopes of their price tag coming down.
Should Machado not receive the $300 million deal he’s looking for, it will all come down to which team he wants to play for. If any of the reports from earlier in the offseason were correct, Machado wants to be a Yankee and New York having an offer on the table most definitely will work in their favor.
Until Machado signs, all we have are rumors like this, rumors which we will never know are true or not. All we can do now is sit, wait, and hope the information the insiders are passing our way is correct.
We know one thing though, pitchers and catchers report in less than a week and there are still some big names remaining on the free agent market.