Source: The Yankees seem to have been impressed with Manny Machado.
New York reportedly met with the star free agent at Yankee Stadium for about an hour and a half Wednesday. The team left that visit “enamored with” Machado and “believe he’s a perfect fit,” according to a report from USA Today.
Machado’s “first choice” is to sign with the Yankees if they meet his asking price, The Athletic’s Jim Bowden reported last week. New York, however, had not been interested in offering him a $300 million deal, according to an earlier report fromFancred Sports’ Jon Heyman.
The #yankees enamored with Manny Machado and believe he’s perfect fit.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 20, 2018
Machado is also reportedly considering joining the White Sox and the Phillies.
The 26-year-old infielder, who was sent from the Orioles to the Dodgers before the trade deadline, registered a .297/.367/.538 slash line in 162 total games in 2018. He also hit 37 home runs and tallied 107 RBIs.
When Dean’s favourite player, Didi Gregorius suffered a tear in his UCL that required the world famous Tommy John Surgery, it was no secret the Yanks circled Manny Machado as their guy.
26, power, average, glove, and hustle. Ok, the last point isn’t true at all, but it’s sounding more and more like both sides were impressed, and a deal could be done very soon.
If you ask Marcus Stroman, it’s already done:
Machado is going to the Yankees. Yankees go out and get everyone. Red Sox are lethal. Rays are dangerous. Can never sleep on the Orioles. I’m going to the gym. Gonna be in my zone all year. Excited to compete in the best division in baseball! #ALEast
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) December 20, 2018
It’s weird when Stroman ‘likes’ tweets about people shitting on the Blue Jays, seems a recipe to get shipped out of town:
…and the Blue Jays are going to take a wait and see approach. 🙄 https://t.co/AzIo4ECDDX
— Ryan (@RyanJHTurvey) December 20, 2018
Machado will visit the city of brotherly love today, but the feeling is he’s just going through the motions now.
This offseason hovers around where Machado and Bryce Harper will end up, and for all those rumours about possibly landing on the same team, zero chance. Their two personalities would clash to the fullest and arguments would ensue on a regular basis about running out the ball.
Regardless of where Machado signs, the Blue Jays have a new spring training facility and a 3-year plan.
Suck it, Yanks.
79 days since 2018 season ended, 58 days until pitchers and catchers. Here’s #BlueJays off-season so far:
RHP Elvis Luciano
RHP Oliver Drake
RHP Trent Thornton
SS Troy Tulowitzki
INF Yangervis Solarte
SS Aledmys Diaz
RHP Jordan Romano
LHP Travis Bergen
LHP Jose Fernandez
— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) December 18, 2018
For the record:
Good morning! Steve Pearce was a significantly better trade deadline pickup than Manny Machado.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) December 20, 2018
Who wants this on their team?