The saga continues. The latest report on Manny Machado suggests that the New York Yankees have a shot at signing him to a short-term deal.
Players are arriving in Florida and Arizona for Spring Training while some of the biggest names in the sport remain unsigned. Manny Machado is one of those players and he continues to weigh his options. Andy Martino of SNY reports that there is some push for Machado to sign a short-term deal with the New York Yankees.
Told that Padres have been very aggressive with offer to Machado but he doesn’t know if he wants to go there. Some in his camp pushing for shorter term deal with Yankees. Phillies, White Sox also big on him, as you surely know.
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) February 12, 2019
This is yet another report coming out in a long line of reports around Machado’s future. With March approaching, time is running out for free agents who hope to be ready for Opening Day. Obviously, the Yankees are an option for Machado, but as Martino reports, the San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, and Chicago White Sox are lurking.
The Yankees appear to be ready for 2019 without Machado. Recent signings of Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu have shored up the infield while the team waits for Didi Gregorius’ return.
Of course, if Machado is interested in a short-term contract with New York, the Yanks would find room for him. Miguel Andujar would be the perfect candidate to trade for a premium starting pitcher.
It’s still unclear exactly when and where Machado will sign, but most fans will be relieved when this offseason is over. For the second straight year, the hot stove has been lukewarm at best. Teams don’t want to find themselves locked into a long-term deal that comes back to bite them later on.
Machado and Harper are feeling the effects of this shift in approach from team front offices.