The asking price for superstar Manny Machado is simply too high, that’s the bottom line. The New York Yankees are known to be heavy-spenders in free agency, but for the right players at the right time. Machado is testing the market for a deal worth upwards of $350 million, and the Yankees aren’t willing to bite.
Why the New York Yankees are likely OUT on Manny Machado:
There’s a reason teams like the Chicago White Sox are all in on a generational talent like Machado – they want to win and he’s their best chance at turning the ship around. Chicago is coming off a 62-win season and need assistance in the quality department.
If I’m Machado, do I want to take my talents to a bottoming team just because they’re offering the most money? Well, probably, because at the end of the day that extra $100 million feeds the next three generations of his family. But, for him, he will likely end his career in dismal fashion without winning anything significant.
What are other outlets saying?
Reports have stated that the Bombers haven’t officially offered a deal to Manny, which could indicate their lack of interest and commitment. The red-flags in regard to his personality don’t seem to be a factor in their decision, but more-so their unwillingness to break the $200 million mark. He wants to earn upwards of $30 million per-season and the Yankees simply won’t take that request seriously. They currently have the talent to be a playoff team and don’t necessarily ‘need’ Machado to bolster their lineup.
Now, of course adding a two-time Gold Glove winner and career .282 hitter to the lineup doesn’t hurt, but the financial burden and potential disaster of a 8-plus-year contract is a turn off for most franchises.
According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman — Machado still wants more than $300 million. The Phillies and White Sox have made him formal offers with the Yankees sitting in the back-seat. It’s expected that the former two teams will elect to make a second-offer in hopes of coming close enough to his price-tag.