A slow-moving offseason for free agents has carried over into the start of Spring Training, as upwards to 100 players are still looking for homes for the 2019 season. And while Yu Darvish's six-year, $126 million deal last year is proof that a free-agent. If he can't get the deal he wants at 26 years old, he certainly won't at 30 years old or whenever he would next.
While SNY's Andy Martino reported Tuesday, citing sources, that NY remains in the hunt to sign Machado with spring training right around the corner, he also reported the Yankees are closely monitoring the situation of Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado as they prefer Arenado over Machado. The White Sox had taken over at the front after the Yankees unwillingness and were reported to be the first team to make a concrete offer for the shortstop worth around $200 million over eight years.More news: Committee chair says probe of Wilson-Raybould affair a possibility
Despite checking out of the race for Bryce Harper, the New York Yankees reportedly "continue to check in" with Machado. He has met with only a few teams, but with no offer on the table, it makes you wonder if he wants too much money or if he waiting for the right team to make him that offer. Now, Friars are apparently being "very aggressive" with their offer for him.
Harper recently met with the San Francisco Giants and came away impressed, as president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi indicated. "We had worked out an agreement with players both ways".
Of course, the Yankees can't just go out and sign Arenado like they can with Machado.