Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.


Report: Yankees Unlikely To Move For Manny Machado, White Sox Make Offer

January 16, 2019 - 1:36 pm


More than half of January has already passed, but free agent Manny Machado still hasn’t signed with a team.

The Yankees met with Machado in mid-December, but then the talks between the two sides reportedly died out at some point in the early days of the new year. New York opted to sign another infielder in D.J. LeMahieu, which led some to believe that the team was out of the Machado sweepstakes.

On Wednesday, ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the Chicago White Sox made an offer for Machado that is worth $175 million over seven years. That’s significantly less than earlier estimates of what Machado might be asking for, but according to WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the number is value of the offer is much higher than that.

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The New York Daily News reported that the Yankees had balked on Machado because they believed he wanted to be paid more than Giancarlo Stanton.

The question remains whether Brian Cashman should think about dipping his toes back into the water and making another push for Machado. Even if the price is high, it certainly wouldn’t be too expensive based on the standards that have been set in the Bronx for years.

Heyman also tweeted on Wednesday that it was still unlikely that the Yankees would seriously renew their interest at this point. 

It’s true that New York is already stocked in the infield, so the front office may ultimately decide against committing that type of money to another infielder, but it’s tough to compare what D.J. LeMahieu offers at the plate versus what Machado offers.

Knowledge of the terms of the White Sox offer could inspire some MLB team to throw more money at the 26-year-old third baseman. It just doesn’t appear, at the moment, like that team will be the Yankees.

Chicago seem to be the favorites to land Machado's services. If that's the case, there will certainly be some anger from Yankees fans towards the owners box.

Machado's agent released a statement about all the confusion.