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MLB Rumors: Manny Machado's decision? Not coming until after New Year's

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MLB Rumors: Manny Machado's decision? Not coming until after New Year's

Is Manny Machado coming back to the A.L. East to sign a megabucks deal with Yankees? 

Maybe he'l lbe the centerpiece of the Phillies rebuilding efforts. Or he could even take his talents to the South Side by signing with the White Sox.

Along with Bryce Harper, Machado is one of the top prizes on the free agent market, but his decision isn't coming anytime soon. According to Jon Heyman, he'll make his decision about what team he'll play for in 2019... in 2019.

Machado is coming off a season where he racked up 37 home runs and 107 RBI for the Orioles and Dodgers, while Red Sox fans will happily remember his final at bat of the season, when he struck out to clinch Boston's World Series victory.

The hard-hitting (and slow-footed) infielder met with the three finalists this week, and while he eventually might end up in the Bronx (The Athletic's Jim Bowden reported that Machado has told close friends that New York is his preferred destination), other reports suggested that the Yankees might not be willing to meet his $300 million asking price. 

For now, fans of the Yankees, Phillies and White Sox hoping for a Machado signing as a Christmas present will just have to wait.

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MLB Rumors: Red Sox sign reliever Zach Putnam to minor-league contract

MLB Rumors: Red Sox sign reliever Zach Putnam to minor-league contract

The Boston Red Sox aren't making any big moves, but they've still been busy this week.

The Red Sox have signed relief pitcher Zach Putnam to a minor league contract, WEEI's Rob Bradford reported Wednesday morning, citing a major league source.

MassLive's Chris Cotillo reported Tuesday the Red Sox were in agreement with Putnam on a deal.

Putnam missed the entire 2018 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 31-year-old right-hander spent the previous four seasons with the Chicago White Sox and was a decently effective member of their bullpen, posting a 2.71 ERA with 142 strikeouts over 139 1/3 innings during his South Side tenure.

He appeared in just seven games during the 2017 season, though, as arm issues have plagued the veteran hurler over the last two years.

Putnam joins outfielder Gorkys Hernandez among Boston's recent free agent signings, and the Sox also are nearing a minor-league deal with reliever Erasmo Ramirez, per reports.

The defending World Series champions are eyeing bullpen help this offseason, as setup man Joe Kelly recently signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and closer Craig Kimbrel reportedly is seeking a hefty contract that Boston may not be willing to pay.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman happy he didn't trade for Chris Sale

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman happy he didn't trade for Chris Sale

Two years ago, when the Red Sox traded two of their top prospects -- Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech -- for Chris Sale, the Yankees were in the bidding for the star left-hander as well. But general manager Brian Cashman felt the White Sox' asking price was too high and stepped aside, clearing the way for Sale to head to Boston.

Sale has gone 29-12 in two years with the Sox and helped them to a World Series championship this year, though his contributions in the second half ot the season and the playoffs were limited due to a shoulder injury. But Cashman is having no second thoughts about saying no to the White Sox.

"Thank God I didn’t do that, actually," Cashman told reporters at the general managers' meetings, as reported by the New York Post, "because you’d be missing some serious components of our major league club right now that are under control. We wouldn’t have gotten anywhere if I did anything like that with the White Sox back then."

One of the players the White Sox wanted was Luis Severino, who has emerged as the ace of the Yankee staff. Cashman didn't identify who else he would have to surrender, except to say that they would have had to give up at least one of the team's core position players.

“In this case, you’d be losing starting position players that you have that are young and controllable as well as a pitcher (Severino) who was a Cy Young Award candidate (in 2018) in his own right,” Cashman said. “We just weren’t in the position back then.

"No regrets on that. Good, sound business decisions then.”

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