The Manny Machado Tour of 2018 appears to have ended with the free-agent celebrity’s go to to Philadelphia on Thursday. Tour may be laying it on a bit thick. It was solely three cities, with Chicago and New York coming earlier than Philly. The Rolling Stones nonetheless make extra stops than that, and they ran out of surplus worth within the late 1970s.
The place will Manny land? The trustworthy reply right here is solely that I do not know. I may guess, particularly on this occasion, when there’s apparently a 1-in-Three shot at being proper. However the tea leaves within the Machado pursuit have been powerful to learn, and it would not assist that for every of the three groups concerned, I believe Bryce Harper could be the smarter mega-splurge.
I do not know what Manny thinks. I do not know a lot about Manny, actually. My direct expertise with him is that he’s nice and cordial and additionally very adept at forming solutions that in a common method reply the questions, however when it comes to specifics do not reveal something in any respect. His “Johnny Hustle” feedback most likely serve for example of why he normally takes this path.
Let’s assume the cash a part of it is a minor issue. What I imply by that isn’t that Machado would not care in regards to the cash half. I am assuming that the marketplace for him is what it’s, and that every one three of those groups are prepared to work inside these parameters to the extent that Machado’s closing choice is not going to essentially be based mostly on the phrases of the contract. The contract may need dominated out the opposite 27 groups, however from right here on out, I assume it is going to be different issues that sway Machado’s choice.
The place is the perfect match for Machado among the many White Sox, Yankees and Phillies? Right here is my conjecture, rating the suits so as. Me being Manny, if you’ll, but additionally me being the groups. When it comes to $300 million or so, this has acquired to work each methods.