The New York Yankees were the latest stop on heralded infielder Manny Machado’s magical, mystery free-agent tour.
The Yankees, one of three teams reportedly in the mix for the superstar (along with a possible mystery contender), were in first-class mode on Wednesday while trying to impress Machado. Baseball’s possible next $300 million man rode 85 blocks rode in a chauffeur-driven, black Chevrolet Suburban from a ritzy hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to the Bronx for a meeting at Yankee Stadium that lasted 90 minutes.
Already familiar with the ballpark as an opponent with the American League East-rival Baltimore Orioles, Machado took a walk and saw an edited photo of himself dressed in pinstripes on the center field video board.
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Machado, accompanied by his wife, Yainee, and his agent, Dan Lozano, reportedly met with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone, who were at the stadium about two hours before the player arrived. A published report that pitcher CC Sabathia also attended the meeting was refuted by a Yankees executive.
Machado didn’t talk with reporters about what transpired during the meeting but one likely subject could have focused on his previous comments about not being a “Johnny Hustle” and never planning to be one. Cashman and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner previously said they wanted to hear an explanation from Machado, who made the comments while playing with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the postseason.
Last month, Steinbrenner termed the comments “troubling,” and added, “That ain’t gonna sell where we play baseball. That conversation will happen no matter who it is.”
After reportedly making a successful visit to Chicago on Monday to meet with the White Sox, the infielder’s next tour stop will be in Philadelphia on Thursday to see what the Phillies have to offer. The White Sox last week acquired Machado’s brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, from the Cleveland Indians.
–Field Level Media