We wrote earlier about Bryce Harper still being available despite the fact that pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training tomorrow. Manny Machado, another perennial All-Star with franchise altering type talent, remains unsigned.
Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reported today the eight-year $250 million offer by the Chicago White Sox isn’t right and may not even be close. Heyman guesses the offer is higher than the initial $175 million offer that was reported but lower than $250 million.
While the White Sox have been linked to Machado all offseason long, the San Diego Padres are new to the chase. Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports the Padres have been very aggressive with their offer to Machado but he doesn’t know if he wants to go there.
Martino reports some in Machado’s camp are pushing for a shorter term deal with the New York Yankees. Machado met with the Yankees back in December but no offer has been made. The Philadelphia Phillies have also been in on Machado and entertained him back in December.
With the Yankees appearing uninterested in acquiring Machado, it would appear the Padres, Phillies and White Sox are actively recruiting him. It’s to the point where his camp are recruiting the Yankees and it’s of course still a possibility to happen.