The Yankees have been in pursuit of free agent 3B/SS Manny Machado, who is reportedly looking for a deal that will pay him roughly $300 million over 10 years. Here are the latest rumors...
Jan. 16, 12:19 PM:
The White Sox offered Machado $175 million over seven years, reports ESPN's Buster Olney. To refresh your memory, the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a 7-year, $153 million contract. The White Sox are only offering $22 million more to try and sign Machado. According to Olney, Chicago's approach is like Boston's with J.D. Martinez last offseason. The Red Sox offered $100 million to Martinez and waited two months. If the White Sox' offer emerges as best, it may reopen talks with the Yankees for Machado.
Jan. 13, 10:43 PM:
The White Sox have an eight-year offer on the table for Machado, who is also still in contact with the Phillies and a "mystery team," reports ESPN's Jeff Passan. According to Passan, the willingness of interested teams to offer $300 million or more for Machado or fellow free agent Bryce Harper (whose strongest suitors could be the Phillies and Nationals) is not yet known.
Jan. 13, 1:44 PM:
The Phillies have "emerged as the clear-cut favorite" to sign Harper, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today. And Harper winding up in Philly could have a ripple effect on the Machado market. While the Phillies haven't ruled out the potential of signing both Harper and Machado, Nightengale believes Machado will wind up with the White Sox.
Jan. 13, 11:16 AM:
The Phillies remain confident they will sign either Machado or Harper, and seem to have more interest in Machado, reports Matt Breen of Philly.com.
According to Breen, the Phillies will be finalists for Machado and Harper and will most likely be making the most lucrative offers for both.
Jan. 9, 8:40 PM:
The Yankees have been the least aggressive team of the three suitors, but ZDeportes' Hector Gomez reported the Bombers are entirely out of the race. That would leave the Phillies and White Sox as the two teams vying for the five-time All-Star.
Though SNY's Andy Martino says the Yankees haven't been engaged with Machado since New Years, he won't write them off just yet. He notes that GM Brian Cashman usually strikes with his official offer aggressively, and it comes very fast. It may not look good for Yankees fans right now, but all hope isn't lost just yet
Jan 9, 2:43 PM:
Machado is still seeking a $300 million deal but the White Sox and Phillies are not believed to be close, per Jon Heyman of Fancred. Heyman re-confirms previous reports that Yankees have not made an official offer yet, although they are preferred destination.
Although MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports momentum is "heating up" toward Machado signing with Phillies.
Jan 9, 10:46 AM:
Manny Machado is expected to make his decision within a week, according to Chicago 670's Bruce Levine, who also reports the Yankees have indeed made a bid on the free agent.
Jan. 8, 6:45 PM:
The Yankees continue to be tentative with Machado, and according to The Post's Ken Davidoff, the team actually hasn't made an official offer to him yet. The White Sox and Phillies -- the two teams that are being more aggressive in their pursuits -- have made official offers. Philadelphia is even working on a second offer to throw Machado's way.
USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale points out that the Yankees could be looking to gauge Miguel Andujar's trade market, which is why they aren't making as hard a push at Machado compared to their competition. But they are definitely the least aggressive team despite reports that Machado would prefer the Bronx if the offers were close.
Jan. 3, 5:26 PM:
The White Sox have reportedly made an official offer to Machado, according to USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale. Nightengale reports it as a "serious offer," but it is "likely closer to $200 million than $300 million."
Dec. 26, 6:45 PM:
According to The Post's Joel Sherman, neither Bryce Harper or Machado "particularily likes Philadelphia." Instead, they both prefer the Yankees. Obviously, Harper hasn't been on the Yankees' radar, but if it's true for Machado, it would go with the update below that said Machado reportedly told his friends he preferred the Yankees. The decision still won't come until the new year, but the Yankees continue to appear the frontrunner if the deals are close.
Dec. 21, 4:18 PM:
Machado is finished with his meetings with the Yankees, Phillies, and White Sox, but a decision won't be made until after the new year, Fancred Sports' Jon Heyman reports. He has let all three teams know that will be the case.
Dec. 21, 10:14 AM:
While Machado is reportedly telling friends he prefers the Yankees, the Phillies and possibly even the White Sox are likely to outbid the Bombers for Machado, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Dec. 20, 12:28 PM:
Machado's meeting with the Phillies on Thursday lasted roughly four hours, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic.
Dec. 19, 2:50 PM:
The Yankees' meeting with Machado on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium lasted roughly 90 minutes, reports Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. GM Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone, and LHP CC Sabathia were among those at the stadium during the meeting, according to the New York Post.
Dec. 16, 11:23 AM:
The White Sox are meeting with Machado in Chicago on Monday, though Buster Olney of ESPN reported that the Sox aren't interested in signing Machado or Bryce Harper to a record-setting deal.
Dec. 14, 11:20 AM:
The Phillies, one of the Yankees' biggest competitors for Machado, scheduled a visit with Machado next week in Philadelphia, according to USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.
Dec. 13, 1:55 PM:
Neither the Angels or Giants are expected to be a mystery team for Machado due to the fact that they're not willing to give him a 10-year deal, reports The Athletic's Jim Bowden, citing multiple sources.
Dec. 12, 9:07 PM:
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team is a "fully operational Death Star," suggesting that while they might not be in on Machado and/or Bryce Harper that they have the ability to pivot at any moment depending on their current needs.
Dec. 11, 10:09 PM:
Three "mystery teams" could join the White Sox, Phillies, and Yankees as suitors for Machado, according to FanCred's Jon Heyman.
Dec. 11, 12:03 PM:
The Yankees could be willing to trade Miguel Andujar this offseason, with could open up third base and lead to a run at Machado.
Dec. 10, 6:11 PM:
Cashman has spoken to Machado's agent multiple times. According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Yanks aren't "all-in" on Machado.