By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com
Manny Machado reportedly wants to become the highest-paid player in baseball history and he apparently wants to do it in a Yankee uniform, but it’s still uncertain if either of those wishes will come true.
According to Jon Heyman, Machado has received offers from the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox, but the New York Yankees have yet to put a formal offer on the table for the star infielder.
Word is, Machado camp still seeking 300M plus. ChiSox, Phillies not believed to be close to that ask (though exact current offers aren’t known, and can change). Meanwhile, Yanks, believed to be preferred destination, have yet to make official offer. Still no word of mystery team.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 9, 2019
Without the Yankees getting involved, it’s hard to see either the Phillies or White Sox meeting Machado’s asking price, especially if they’re not close to the $325 million or more that Machado reportedly wants.
More specifically, Machado camp still believed seeking something “north of Stanton.” (325M plus). Great player, very young for a free agent (26) and doesn’t hurt to ask. Still, very hard to see him getting there (or even close) on non-deferred, true-value deal at this point.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 9, 2019
But by no means should the Yankees be considered out of the running yet. Brian Cashman is known to swoop in at the last minute to lure star free agents to the Bronx (think Mark Teixeira a decade ago).
It’s safe to say the Manny Machado saga is long from over.
Baseball’s never-ending offseason continues.