The New York Yankees have made their pitch to Manny Machado.
According to Fancred Sports, Machado told the three teams he met with earlier this week that he will not decide who he will play for until the new year.
After reportedly making a successful visit to Chicago on Monday to meet with the White Sox, the infielder's next tour stop will be in Philadelphia on Thursday to see what the Phillies have to offer. Yesterday did bring about a small flurry of free-agent activity - Trevor Cahill, Daniel Murphy, Joakim Soria and Anibal Sanchez all agreed to terms, while Andrew Miller is said to be close - but none of those deals will come close to approaching the magnitude of Machado's eventual contract.
Now that Machado has completed his free agency tour, the question is how long will it be until he decides-and will he end up taking the Phillies' money, or heading to NY? On top of that the Yankees are poised to enter 2019 with a roster that looks pretty similar to last year's 100 win group, circumstances that wouldn't usually wouldn't lead trading a cheap young talent.
Machado, who spent six-plus seasons with the Baltimore Orioles before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July, is one of the best players in Major League Baseball. It is unclear if the 26-year-old has received a formal offer from any of those teams.
To be fair there is a caveat to the 100 wins thing; when your in the same division as the 108-win Red Sox a 100 win season isn't the same as it would be in a division where you dominated, so it does make sense the Yankees want to make some changes to compete.
Would Machado leave that much money on the table to play in the Big Apple?