Manny Machado will apparently make his decision after the new year, and all reports are that the Yankees are his first choice, as long as the years and money are close.
But will they be? Rumors are that the Yanks would go 7 years (Machado is 26) and maybe to an 8th if necessary while the Phillies would go 10 years. It appears the White Sox are probably out of the running. Machado apparently has met with no one else.
So does Machado go with where his heart lies (Yankees) or not? What if the Yanks offer 7 years @ $30MM /yr for $210MM but the Phils blow him out of the water by offering 10 years @ $35MM/yr for $350MM? What then?
And if the Yanks sign Machado, and Didi comes back, do the Yanks DH Andujar and move Stanton to LF (with Gardner being a backup OF).
Could the end of the season see a lineup like this?
CC stands for Carsten Charles when it comes to CC Sabathia, but in a scary recent development, Sabathia found out that CC stands for cardiac care. Sabathia had a stent put in his heart on Dec. 11 to fix a blocked artery after he complained of chest pains and other recent problems. He should be good to go in spring training. Still, a scary moment.
Two potential free agent targets for the Yanks are off the board. One was Daniel Murphy. Murphy could have been a backup option for if the Yanks do not get Machado, as he could have been used at 2B (and later 1b/dh as well as 2b/3b when Didi returns) while Gleyber plays SS until Didi returns. His lefty bat would have played well at the Stadium, but his defense is below par. Murphy signed a 2 year deal with Colorado, where he has a .330 career batting average.
And Andrew Miller is off the board as well, so No-Runs DMC (Dellin/Miller/Chapman) will not be reunited. Miller signed a 2 yr (with an option for a third) with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Yanks did sign a couple of lefty pitchers to minor league deals. I don’t expect either to make the major league team, but…
UPDATE: Figured I’d discuss those two pitchers. Rex Brothers, 31, 20-14, 3.79 in his career (ERA+ 119). Missed all of 2016, went 4-3, 7.23 in 2017 for the Braves, pitched in only 1 MLB game in 2018. Did save 19 games with a 1.74 ERA for Colorado in 2013.
The other is Danny Coulombe, 29, 1-1, 4.56 for the A’s in 2018. 6-4, 4.27 (ERA+ 97) in his career.