Latest On Manny Machado's Market, Following Meeting With Phillies

Arnold Nichols
December 22, 2018

Expect to hear more news about Machado in the coming days.

According to Major League Baseball insider Jack Curry, the Yankees are pretty sold on Machado. According to Curry, New York might be willing to give the infielder an eight-year contract.

The Yankees join the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies as the only serious suitors to emerge for Machado this winter.

It's always been rumored that Machado would make around $30 million per season.

Before you lose all hope, Bowden pointed out that Philadelphia is a better fit than NY for Machado. It is unclear if the 26-year-old has received a formal offer from any of those teams. Initially, the plan was to construct an elite starting rotation as the Yankees were linked to the likes of Patrick Corbin, Nathan Eovaldi, James Paxton, and even Noah Syndergaard.

It's possible the Yankees could make up some of the difference with a higher average yearly salary, but their offer still might not be close to what Philadelphia ultimately presents Machado. Their most appealing pitch is that they can unite him with his brother-in-law.

Meanwhile, Bowden noted president Andy MacPhail's connection to Machado from his time with the Orioles in the past. He's expected to sign a deal before Harper.

Now, the Yankees seem content on just out-slugging teams, which was already the case after mashing an MLB-record 267 round trippers a year ago thanks to a lineup that featured Stanton, Aaron Judge, Miguel Andujar, Didi Gregorius, and Aaron Hicks; all of whom hit 27 or more home runs in 2018.

Unfortunately, Machado didn't hint at where he's going to sign, but he did reportedly spend around four hours meeting with the team, so that's a start.

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