Machado won't decide on free agency until January

Machado won't decide on free agency until January

Among those teams are the New York Yankees, who have been wanting to make a splash at the right price.

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that Machado scheduled in-person visits with the Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies this week. On top of that the Yankees are poised to enter 2019 with a roster that looks pretty similar to last year's 100 win group, circumstances that wouldn't usually wouldn't lead trading a cheap young talent.

It's also been reported that NY wouldn't be willing to give Machado $300 million. That deal did not pan out quite like they were hoping in 2018, although there is still plenty of time for him to turn things around.

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Machado, who spent six-plus seasons with the Baltimore Orioles before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July, is one of the best players in Major League Baseball. With the holiday season at hand, there figures to be a lull in Hot Stove activity, so barring a quick decision on an already in-place offer, Machado's free agency could well drag on into the New Year. On the heels of winning the World Series with MLB's highest payroll, the Boston Red Sox can feel confident about defending their title regardless of the moves their competition make in an attempt to catch up. If the Yankees do get him, they are going to be even more risky in the American League. Initially, the plan was to construct an elite starting rotation as the Yankees were linked to the likes of Patrick Corbin, Nathan Eovaldi, James Paxton, and even Noah Syndergaard.

The free agent is expected to get a more lucrative contract elsewhere this offseason.

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