If you heard superstar free agent Manny Machado wanted a 13-year, $325 million deal, what would you say? Or better yet, what would the New York Yankees say?
Some think it’s a pipe=dream:
“Good luck,” stated a reporter from a Dominican Republic radio station. While this source might not be the Yankees, he believes that Machado is asking for a bigger offer than the one Stanton is currently hauling in every season — 13-years, $325 million, averaging $25 million per-season.
So, we can come to the conclusion that a few explcit words might follow the potential “good luck” from the Yankees’ front-office.
What the New York Yankees are thinking:
Reports have indicated that the Bombers aren’t willing to break the $200 million mark and it’s unlikely they go above $220 million with their final offer. This might be the reason some believe the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox are the only teams still in on the 26-year-old.
An unnamed source on our end believes that Machado still heavily weighs his love for the Yankees over the monetary amount they’re willing to offer. He would likely accept a deal in the range of 8-years, $250 million. That would equate to $31.25 million per-season. For a generational player, we can understand the deal he imagines, but realistically the Yankees would be foolish to drop that kind of cash for a player full of red-flags personality-wise.
Additionally, locking up a player for nearly a decade has proved to be a bad investment for the future but a beneficial one in the short-term. You can refer back to Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Troy Tulowitzki, etc.
Moving forward, it’s possible the Yanks shift their attention over to Bryce Harper who’s been on the quiet end of the spectrum with Scott Boras as his agent. His asking price will likely be too tall as well, leaving the Bombers with one choice – stick it out and utilize the talent that’s already on the roster, and that’s ‘a hell of a lot.