As the good feelings of the Hall of Fame advertising week fall, the baseball world must break with the fact that the game's two prize-free agents remain unsigned. With just a few weeks to go before the teams report to spring training, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper have no clubs to call home.
A recent report by Andy Martino suggests that the Yanks have engaged Machado in financial discussions, but they do not seem to lead to any momentum. He described Bombers' suggestions as " low ", but also reiterated that the team is not out of service . Jon Heyman also weighed in and described a Machado-to-New York result as unlikely at best .
Meanwhile, a few mystery teams have the team their anonymity. Braves allegedly stands next to the hunt while Padres has jumped into the mix. Consider what Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin had to say about San Diego in The Athletic (subscription required) :
"Padres has done background work on both Harper and Machado, according to major league sources. They have checked in with their representatives, As first reported by FanCreds Jon Heyman, and although they are more likely to spend big next offseason than they are here, they do not exclude a round at Harper or Machado at the right price, sources say. "
San Diego has been associated with a number of young third basemen You are calling for Miguel Andujar. Having an interest in Machado makes much sense to them. He is the type of player who controls many of their boxes.
Machado, 26, hit .297 / .367 / .538 with 37 homewards in 2018. He plays a third third base, but qualifies worse on shortstop – his election position. In addition to the Yankees, Braves and Padres, Phillies and the White Sox remain the most publicly interested suitors for him.