The MLB Winter Meetings are long over and shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado remains unsigned. He met with the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday afternoon. Machado also met with the New York Yankees earlier in the week. The Chicago White Sox were also interested in him and they have a lot of money to spend.
Manny Machado is just 25 years old. He played with the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. His batting average was .297 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI’s, along with 14 stolen bases. Machado’s on-base percentage was .367.
In the playoffs, his batting average was .227 with three home runs and 12 RBI’s, along with one stolen base. Manny Machado’s on-base percentage was .271.
He will not get a $300 million deal that he is looking for. Teams will not give it to him. A more realistic contract would be a seven-year deal worth $200 million.
The Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees are the two favorites to land him right now. The Chicago White Sox would be third in my opinion.
The New York Mets, the Chicago Cubs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers could also be a destination for him.
The Mets have some money to spend and they need a marquee free agent. Machado could be the third baseman with Amed Rosario at shortstop.
The Cubs have Addison Russell suspended for the start of next season and they could use Machado to fill the void in the middle of the infield. He would go great with Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Anthony Rizzo in the infield.
The Dodgers could use his services again to provide depth on this team, but it most likely will not happen because Justin Turner and Corey Seager will be the starters at third base and shortstop.
The Yankees are looking to move third baseman Miguel Andujar in a trade so they could sign him.
The Phillies have the money to sign Manny Machado, although I think they should try and trade for outfielder Mike Trout on the Los Angeles Angels. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Manny Machado sign with a new team before New Years Day.