With New York reportedly falling out of the race for the star slugger, it creates an opportunity for other teams to potentially chime in late in the process with an impressive offer. Per Machado's camp, that's exactly what's occurred.
Machado camp is telling some folks there’s a mystery team in addition to Chisox, Phils. Validity is unknown.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 11, 2019
This is more than likely Machado's agent using a supposed mystery team as leverage with Chicago and Philly, especially as they aim for a higher offer greater than Giancarlo Stanton's.
Machado is a generational talent despite his concerning 'Johnny Hustle' comments. Nonetheless, this shouldn't discourage teams from signing a 26-year-old superstar to a long-term deal.
With MLB seeing record revenue this past season, claiming teams can't afford the investment is hogwash.
It would be foolish to ever count out the New York Yankees on a player of Manny Machado's caliber. But if they are indeed planning on bringing Machado into the fold, they're going to need to move an infielder, because LeMahieu, Gregorius, Torres, Tulowitzki and Andujar is a glut.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 11, 2019
We have no inkling as to which MLB squad could possibly be this 'mystery team', but Machado's camp hopes they can use this newfound concern from Chicago and Philadelphia to add a few extra zeroes onto Manny's eventual deal.