Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in two weeks and there are still over 100 free agents still on the market, with Bryce Harper and Manny Machado chief among them.
It's certainly possible that both sign the deal they've been desperately looking for in the coming days or weeks, but right now teams seem to be standing firm on the idea of not paying either player over $300 million for 10 years.
So what should they do?
ICYMI https://t.co/aQU8SvuGQ4 thoughts on A-Rod’s collusive words and wondering if Machado could benefit from a 1-yr deal if the long-term offers are unsatisfactory to him.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 29, 2019
Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggests that Machado, in particular, should seriously consider taking a one-year deal with a high average-annual salary; say around the $35 million range.
If Machado is looking for more potential suitors, this is the move. This would include the three teams that have shown the most interest (Phillies, White Sox and Padres). The Yankees were Machado's preferred destination coming into the offseason, but even being open to a one-year contract doesn't guarantee New York's involvement. Signing a short deal elsewhere gives Machado the chance to explore a long-term contract with New York at a later date.
Manny Machado signs one-year “show me” deal with Yankees. Yankees win the WS. Machado signs elsewhere and Yankees sign Arenado long-term. pic.twitter.com/SSjaWZJTwS— BlogBoy JB (@BanPinkLemonade) January 29, 2019
Shortstops Didi Gregorius and Troy Tulowitzki will be free agents after the season, and who knows if either will be brought back?
There will be a huge shortstop/third base free agent class in 2020, which includes Nolan Arenado, Xander Bogaerts, Josh Donaldson and Anthony Rendon, but you could argue Machado is better than all of them.