​The ​Manny Machado free agency song and dance has been hitting the same notes for what seems like a month now. The Yankees, Phillies and White Sox have interest, and Machado will sign one of the biggest contracts in ​MLB history. 


So, what's the hold up?


Looks like we finally found out why Machado has taken so long to select his next destination. Machado is asking for a contract in excess of the 13-year, $325 million deal given to outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.

​​On one hand, a 26-year-old infielder with a plus bat, arm and glove should command an outrageous contract. On the other hand, teams being apprehensive to fork over that much money is totally understandable. 


The four time All-Star is coming off of one of the best seasons in his career, slashing .297/.367/.538 with the Orioles and ​Dodgers


According to several reports, though, Machado will finally decide on his next team within a week. So, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Yes, ​​$325 million may sound ridiculous, but talents like Machado don't hit free agency too often. You have to find a way to give this guy the contract he's earned.