Manny Machado and his agent Dan Lozano will be making four in-person visits with teams in the coming days at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, per ESPN's Buster Olney.
According to Fancred Sports Jon Heyman, the Yankees, Phillies and White Sox are among them with three mystery teams -- not just one -- also meeting with the top free-agent.
In the Yankees case, SNY's Andy Martino reported the team isn't "all-in" on signing the shortstop. Also, if it comes down to a bidding war for Machado, the Yankees don't appear willing to dish out that $300 million contract he is expected.
The Yankees were intially "lukewarm" on the idea of signing the 26-year-old, especially after his "Johnny Hustle" comments during the postseason. Hal Steinbrenner mentioned Machado would need to explain those comments before making a true pursuit, and this meeting would be the perfect time to do so.
"I think it's really gonna be up to (GM Brian) Cashman, sitting down with him, and me, hopefully face to face, trying to get an explanation of what was the context of when he answered that question," Steinbrenner said. "Were there things that weren't printed? What were you trying to say? Do you understand that this stuff concerns a lot of our fans -- if not most of our fans?
"There needs to be a sit-down before we're comfortable."
Over a full 162-game season last year, Machado hit .297/.367/.538 with 35 homers and 107 RBI between the Orioles and Dodgers. However, he did struggle during the Dodgers' World Series run, hitting .227/.278/.394 with three homers and 12 RBI over 16 games.
When the Yankees will get their turn with Machado and Lozano is unknown, but what comes out of the meeting could determine whether or not Cashman and the Bombers will make a real offer for the All-Star.