The hot stove rumors are heating up for one of the top free agents on the market with the MLB Winter Meetings underway in Las Vegas.
MLB insider Jon Heyman tweeted on Sunday night that the New York Yankees are set to meet with Manny Machado, but Heyman also said that they are reportedly not willing to pay $300 million for the free agent infielder.
Yankees like Manny Machado and will meet with Machado but source says they will not pay $300M for Machado. Phillies, Chisox and mystery teams(?) seen as main competitors.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 9, 2018
The Yankees have shown interest in Machado since the summer as there were rumors about the team trading for him at this past season's trade deadline before he was eventually acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Machado had some questionable antics during the postseason for the Dodgers. He showed a lack of hustle at times during the month of October and threw some dirty plays in there. Despite this, the Yankees are still intrigued by Machado, with manager Aaron Boone even hinting that his antics haven't scared the Bronx Bombers away.
Heyman also said that the Yankees' main competitors for Machado are the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox and a potential mystery team. These teams are also reportedly interested in Bryce Harper, but it seems unlikely that a team would break the bank for both players—each of them will command massive contracts.
But even with the interest from other teams and Bryce Harper in the back of the Yankees' minds, it seems like superstar infielder Manny Machado is destined to land in the Bronx.