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.
More specifically, Machado camp still believed seeking something “north of Stanton.” (325M plus). Great player, very young for a free agent (26) and doesn’t hurt to ask. Still, very hard to see him getting there (or even close) on non-deferred, true-value deal at this point.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 9, 2019
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.