BREAKING: Manny Machado to Padres

Breaking news today as we finally have a signing to report. Manny Machado will finally report to spring training as a member of the San Diego Padres. This comes as a huge shock as the Yankees and White Sox were the favorites. He signed for 300 million for 10 years.

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This obviously makes the Padres better but the question is how much better? They have Kinsler, Urias, and Hosmer but other than that they pretty much stink. It will be interesting to see if he makes any impact, given their rotation is awful anyway. He probably adds 10 wins max, but I still think they’re under .500.

It was very clear he only wanted the money….

Now we wait for Bryce. I’ll have more on this later.

Odds to Land Manny Machado

We are less than two weeks away from Spring Training and the two biggest names in free agency have yet to sign. Manny Machado and Bryce Harper still have not signed with a team. Not due to a lack of effort either. The White Sox have offered 7 years and $175 million, but it looks like that isn’t good enough. The most recent update is that Machado has met with the Padres for the second time…

Juice wrote the other day about possible collusion going on between owners. They do not want to pay exorbitant amounts of money to players who have no guarantee of paying off. Just look at how bad the Yankees got burned on Jacoby Ellsbury. Only problem is that Machado is waiting for Harper to sign and Harper is waiting for Machado to sign. They want the other to set the precedent for the market value of superstars. Machado about nothing if you ask me.

But after all, Machado has to sign somewhere if he wants to play this season. Here are the most recent odds on where he lands.

Once more updated odds are released, I am sure that it will include the Padres as favorites. We thought that Machado was going to sign with the Yankees. Dan Clark, who is normally a trusted source, even tweeted that he did right before he deleted his Twitter for a little while. Now, it looks like the Yankees are only the third most likely team. I am going to say it now, Manny Machado will cave first and take the White Sox offer.

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New Favorite to Land Bryce Harper

According to popular online sportsbook, Betonline.ag, there is a new favorite in the race to land Bryce Harper and it is not who you would expect.

So far, the teams that have showed the most interest in Harper have been the Washington Nationals, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies. Everyday, it seems less and less likely that he will remain in Washington.

It seems like owners are growing skeptical about giving big contracts to players as of late. Players like Jacoby Ellsbury are getting huge contracts and immediately bro-ing down. No team, especially not the Yankees, want to get burned again.

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Now, Betonline.ag as released new odds on what team will land Harper with the San Francisco Giants the number one location.

We are only two weeks out from the start of Spring Training and Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still have yet to sign. It seems like they are both waiting for the other to sign a contract so they can use it as precedent. In my personal opinion, Harper will sign with the Phillies while Machado signs with the Yankees and it will happen within hours of each other.

FTD: Manny and Bryce, are you Alive?

This is becoming one of the most annoying free agency seasons of all time. The top 2 members of this class have done absolutely nothing and both seem to be waiting for one thing….The New York Yankees.

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It shouldn’t shock anyone when I say this, but both players want to be a Yankee but both players want 300 million plus, which the Yankees just won’t do anymore. They made that mistake twice with Alex and Tex. The Yankees have been smart with their money under Hal and many people, including me, grew tired of it. But, it has worked. From a team that had no hope in 2016 to making a surprising 2017 ALCS appearance and in 2018 hitting the most home runs ever in a season. The last two seasons, they’ve lost to the World Series Champion. Hopefully it turns into a World Series soon, but they don’t need much to get there. They have their pitching. Starters will be better this season with the addition of Paxton, Happ for a whole season, and gaining Montgomery back from his Tommy John. They have young talent, but they need a veteran/young talent and that is exactly what Harper and Machado supply.

I think there is a zero percent chance the Yankees sign both of them, so who and what do they need? If you add Harper, you add an outfielder and a DH, which you do not need. The Yankees have Gardner, Judge, Hicks, Stanton, and unfortunately they still have Ellsbury. So you already have a 5 man rotation with Stanton and Judge essentially alternating DH/RF. Not only do they have those 5, but they also have a top outfielder in their farm system in Clint Frazier who they will not trade for some reason. Harper just does not fit in unless he commits to only 1B but I think Cashman wants Voit/Bird running that show. Harper would be amazing in NY, especially with that RF porch. I say they don’t sign him which leads him back to Washington.

I think the Yankees sign Manny 100%, my personal guarantee. I reported it weeks ago, Dan Clark did too and stands by his as well. Manny will be a Yankee and play 3B. He just fits and both parties would benefit. That gives the Yankees Torres, Tulo, Andujar, and Manny until Didi return in August, which is a perfect time to trade for a starting pitcher (sorry Andujar) and leaves us just Manny at 3B, Didi at SS, Torres at 2B and Tulo as a replacement player for any of those. There has been a few reports that Manny will decide next week, but I don’t buy it. The Yankees have yet to offer him, because they’re waiting to see other offers, but when they do, he’ll sign. I’ll say within the month, by the 26th he’ll be in Pinstripes.

For now, we wait.

Breaking: Machado to NY

Well, we’ve waited since free agency started to finally get a decision from Harper and Machado and it seems we finally have one down. According to Dan Clark, Machado received his final offers from New York, Philadelphia, and and the White Sox and has chosen to wear Pinstripes. This news shouldn’t shock anyone. Manny has been dying to be a Yankee since day one and it’ll be interesting to see how he clicks.

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He even liked a picture of himself in a Yankees jersey

Manny wants to be a shortstop, but the Yankees have Didi. Didi will be out till about August with his Tommy John surgery, but after that I expect Manny to move back to third. Doing this opens a huge door for the Yankees to trade Miguel Andujar and get a starting pitcher. Andujar’s stock will never be higher and the Yankees could pair him and another prospect. I’ll have more out next week once it’s official.