Vegas — As the Winter Meetings draw to a close, Here Is What we understand about Manny Machado‘s closely watched free agency:

• He is due to meet up at least three teams — the Phillies, Yankees and White Sox — based to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Vegas — As the Winter Meetings draw to a close, Here Is What we understand about Manny Machado‘s closely watched free agency:

• He is due to meet up at least three teams — the Phillies, Yankees and White Sox — based to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

• MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki has reported there are signs Philadelphia prefers Machado over Bryce Harper.

The speculation begins.

If he has received them at all — we have no idea years or that the dollars of this formal offers Machado has received.

We have no idea the amount Machado lost throughout his controversial postseason in market value.

We do not understand how desperately Machado wants to be a Yankee — his choice, according to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden.

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Machado destination may be determined by the variable. The Yankees’ fascination with Machado is genuine, because of their immediate need at shortstop with Di-Di Gregorius possibly out until midseason. However, their need is tempered by the hope which Gregorius will return at the fracture, though not before, also questions regarding the on-field campaign of Machado that generated.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has proven this off season he’s comfortable drawing a definitive line in negotiations. That has been true with free agent starter Patrick Corbin, to whom the Yankees supposedly offered $100 million — $40 million shy from this warranty Corbin received by the Nationals.

Cashman’s Major League roster and farm system are overly strong, and also the present options available on the industry excessively varied, for him to create an emotional decision.

So if $250 million is offered by the White Sox and also the Yankees remain at $225 million, is Machado willing to show down the offer?

Imagine if the White Sox go as high as $275 million?

Or $300 million?

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By the way, the White Sox have the capacity to add. The record-high 2018 Opening Day payroll of the team was nearly $130 million, according to Baseball Prospectus.

Given the White Sox financial conditions, it’s easy to imagine them making the offer for Harper, Machado, or even both. Needless to say, registering either player is still yet another issue entirely. An motivated recruiting pitch must be crafted by the White Sox, to accomplish this.

Even the White Sox can not tell Machado (or Harper) that they have a better chance than the Yankees (or Phillies) to win the 2019 World Series. However within a 10-year interval, the White Sox debate gets stronger.

A long time from now, the White Sox could love one of the very favorable payroll situations — relative to contest — of almost any team from the Majors.

Without a team which spent more than $150 million , the American League Central has been the only division in 2018. The clubs which accounted for your branch’s three largest payrolls — the Indians, Royals and Tigers — all have signaled that their spending could drop over the next couple of seasons.

Even the White Sox, playing in the third-largest U.S. market, have the financial tools and young talent base to build a renewable winner. They’re searching for a centerpiece. When he was with the Orioles , the White Sox tried to exchange for Machado past winter. This moment, they do not need to persuade a different manager — merely Machado himself.

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