The Yankees offseason strategy seems to have been that the Red Sox won the division by eight games last years, but it is very unlikely so many things will go well again for Boston. There is a possibility they are right about that, but that can hardly be called a strategy in any meaningful sense. When the Yankees were eliminated by the Red Sox in the ALDS last fall, they had some clear weaknesses that needed to be addressed. Their starting pitching was not strong enough; defense at third base was a problem; first base was at best a big question mark; and the injury suffered by shortstop Didi Gregorius created a hole at that position.Read More
The biggest news of the offseason has dropped, with Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres having agreed to a deal. It was first reported by Jeff Passan of ESPN, here.
After first reports of the deal were announced, many other reporters jumped onto the news breaking, with Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports adding in that Machado will have an opt-out after his 5th Year, and Mark Feinsand of MLB.com setting the details of the deal to be 10 Years at $300 Million.
As Mark Feinsand added in his tweet about the details of this deal, Machado has now signed the BIGGEST (in terms of money) Free Agent Contract in American Sports history.
Moments after the whole of baseball fans started to go crazy, Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler said that discussions were still being had with Machado (as reported by Dennis Lin of The Athletic), but Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is saying that this report is likely semantics because Machado has yet to pass his physical or agree to total language; yet they have agreed to the financials. (All tweets can be found in the Article.)Read More
We thank John Rizzo for this guest post today.
With the recent acquisition of DJ Lemahieu, it is all but certain that Yankees have given up on trying to land Manny Machado, and likely Bryce Harper as well. People all over Yankee nation are up in arms about management's seemingly half-hearted attempt to land the All-Stars proclaiming that The Boss would have never let such players slip from his grasp. But I think we need to take a step back, take off our super fan hat, and put on our manager/CEO hat.Read More