At the beginning of the Manny Machado sweepstakes, the New York Yankees were automatically one of the favorites to sign him and it's not that hard to understand why,
It's the Yankees and they are always in on the top free agents, and it was reported that's where Machado wanted to play. However, even though they had a meeting with him, the Yankees reportedly never made an official offer to Manny.
Yankees never made a formal offer to Manny Machado, per a source, although they hosted him at Yankee Stadium. Machado wanted to top Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year/$325M deal, and although his reported amount is a free-agent record, Yankees didn’t want to offer something that large.— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) February 19, 2019
It's unusual for the Yankees to not go after the big fish on the free agent market. Instead, GM Brian Cashman signed a host of other players, including Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu, to fill the void on their infield left by the injured Didi Gregorius, while also addressing their pitching needs via trade.
Despite certain friends of Machado nudging him toward Yankees lately, the Yanks were pretty much off him after signed Tulowitzki and LeMahieu— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) February 19, 2019