Look there: a beautiful mansion for sale.
However, the price is sky-high, and the inspection of a layman reveals great concerns about its founding. The house could bring an unprecedented joy … or it could turn into an albatross that burdens the life.
But if the homeowners are so eager to give you the house – you finally have a pristine reputation – that they … Are you ready to cut the price by almost half?
Then you would have to seriously consider the signing of Manny Machado, right?
Unfortunately, this analogy might have used a more visible bridge. If the Yankees can convince Pinstripe-loving Machado to come to a bargain – for under $ 200 million, to be exact ̵
A five-year deal of $ 180 million? Even those who do not sign up in the "Yankees should Machado" camp – I've received my mail there since the end of October – should be open for such a pact.
On Monday morning, Bob Nightengale of USA Today wrote on Twitter : "The Yankees are either trying to gauge the Andujar trading market in Andujar [Miguel]or they simply do not intend to sign a contract with Manny Machado To offer $ 200 million. The Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies are still the most aggressive teams for the valued Infielder. "
First, the Yankees Machado did not make a concrete offer, according to an industry source; In talks with Machado's agent Dan Lozano, they are not far to reach this stage. There is also evidence that the Yankees, who were massively outbid by the Nationals for the services of Patrick Corbin, which is far better suited for their 2019 squad than Machado, are very cool in these Machado discussions. Maybe in fact "less than $ 200 million" cool.
This is a pretty big distance from the $ 350 million 10-year package that targeted both Machado and his 26-year-old colleague Bryce Harper.
A similar or even slightly higher average for the year than this $ 35 million should not put off the Yankees, who successfully passed the luxury tax threshold in 2018, cutting their tax rate from 50 percent to a much more palatable 20 percent. It's about the years.
True, five years is not necessarily a summer breakout. the Yankees signed A.J. You may remember a five-year contract in the off-season of 2008/09, and the relationship lasted only three years before they got rich and divorced. However, if you do the cost-benefit analysis, the main potential benefit (Machado produces at the elite level he has shown for most of his career) outweighs the potential headline costs (as opposed to Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Machado, Alex Rodriguez) does not take on his role of polarizing Yankee and becomes miserable and hated). Let's be honest: Troy Tulowitzki, who is about to stop in the absence of Didi Gregorius, does not give much confidence, does he? Machado in short and Andujar on the third day of opening sounds pretty good.
Even better? The Yankees should give Machado an opt-out after 2019. Let him set up a spectacular campaign while privately abhoring the control that comes with being Yankee. As always, let Gregorius of Tommy John's operation come back and sign a long-term renewal. Andujar, whom the Yankees do not earnestly buy, according to another club leader, is tossing between the third and the first base as you swing the sweet bat. Let Machado go somewhere else for $ 350 million, a year late.
Would Machado actually opt for it? Or would his pride, understandably, lead him to the South Side of Philly or Chicago? The Yankees, working from a position of strength, may be determined to learn the answer to that very question.
If Machado's answer is, "Yes, I'd like to be a Yankee," then the Yankees should present the same package for Harper, the better. After Harper refused, it was time for the Machado jump.
It could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. And if not? It would be over soon anyway.