Manny Machado is a free agent this offseason. And at 26 years old, he’s arguably the biggest name on the market. But then you remember Bryce Harper, and everything changes. However, Machado figures to fetch a monster deal. In fact, MLB Trade Rumors predicts he’ll get a staggering 13-year, $390-million deal. And while the New York Yankees like him, Jon Heyman of Fancred reports they won’t even go to $300 million.
Yankees like Manny Machado and will meet with Machado but source says they will not pay $300M for Machado. Phillies, Chisox and mystery teams(?) seen as main competitors.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 9, 2018
For what it’s worth, shortstop Didi Gregorius will miss a big portion of the season while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Needless to say, Machado is a much better offensive player than Gregorius. This past season, Manny hit .297/.367/.538 with 35 doubles and 37 home runs. He spent time between the Orioles and Dodgers, playing in all 162 games for the second time in his career.
Already this offseason, the Yankees have acquired ace James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners. They figure to be in on most big names this offseason as well, as they look to overtake the Boston Red Sox in 2019. A 100-win team in 2018, the Yankees only were good enough to make the wild card game. They did beat the Oakland Athletics to advance to the ALDS, though, where they lost to the Red Sox.
Would Machado put them over the top?