The Phillies may have one less dog in the race for Manny Machado to worry about as the Yankees have reportedly not made him a formal offer.
The ultimate slap in the face for Phillies fans this offseason would be for Manny Machado to turn them down to sign with the New York Yankees, especially for less money. However, that possibility has grown smaller as the offseason progressed with the Yankees unwilling to offer the kind of money Machado wants. Now it appears they don’t even have any offer for him.
Wallace Matthews of the New York Daily News reported that the Yankees have not extended a formal offer to Machado or his agent. Matthews notes the sides talked “concepts,” but nothing close to the formal offers Machado has already received.
Machado reportedly would go to the Yankees if the offers were close, but they have not been according to Matthews. They appear content rolling into the season with Troy Tulowitzki as their starting shortstop until DiDi Gregorius returns from injury.
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Matthews also cites the fact that New York is already above the luxury tax by $7 million and does not want to get much higher than that, especially for the number of years Machado is looking for. Instead, they may look to add another starter as an insurance plan for C.C. Sabathia.
This leaves the White Sox and Phillies as the main contenders for Machado’s services. Neither team has come close to what he was looking for coming into the offseason but at this point, it’s unlikely he’ll get that. Of the two, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted that the White Sox are the favorite to sign Machado.
The Padres have also reportedly entered the fray, potentially complicating matters. They are interested in a meeting with Machado, which could potentially drive up the price from the $200-$250 million it is reportedly at now.
At least we know at this point that it won’t be the Yankees stealing away Machado.