Bob Nightengale of USA Today also reports that the Baltimore Orioles are starting to move aggressively in working out a trade for their star third baseman. Nightengale hears that the St. Louis Cardinals, who recently acquire outfielder Marcell Ozuna, have a strong offer for Machado.
Along with the White Sox and Cardinals, the New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies have all made offers for Machado.
The three-time All-Star is coming off of a year in which he batted .259/.310/.471 with 33 home runs, 95 RBI but was just a 3.5 WAR player after seeing falls in OPS+ and DRS.
Machado will be a free agent after the 2018 season.
The San Diego Padres have become the clear-cut favorite for free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer according to Nigthengale. The Red Sox remain interest though their focus seems to be on slugging outfielder JD Martinez.
Hosmer, 28, had a career-season in 2017 when he hit .318/.385/.498 with 31 doubles, 25 doubles and 94 RBI for the Kansas City Royals. He also posted a career-high 132 OPS+ and played in all 162 games. He’s a career .284/.342/.439 hitter in seven major league seasons.
Other MLB News and Notes
The Washington Nationals had interest in signing Matt Albers to a two-year deal before they inked Brandon Kintzler. Earlier this offseason, it was reported that the Mets had interest in the veteran right-hander.
After acquiring Marcell Ozuna the Cardinals have been looking to deal an outfielder with the Oakland Athletics showing significant interest in Stephen Piscotty.
Former Mets prospect Cesar Puello has signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks according to Nick Piecoro of AZCentral. Puello made hsi major league debut in 2017 going 7 for 34 combined for the Angels and Rays.