Hairston: Market For Manny Machado Shrinking

In the last 48 hours, three teams told Jerry Hairston that they no longer plan to pursue Machado in free agency

Reiter Than You
October 19, 2018 - 7:48 am

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It’s been a rough couple of days for Manny Machado. The 26-year-old didn’t hustle after hitting a ground ball in Game 2 of the NLCS, he’s committed multiple dirty plays in the series, and he told Ken Rosenthal, in essence, that he doesn’t like to hustle.

Good luck in free agency, Manny.

“I can’t speak for the Dodgers, but I will say this: In the last 24 to 48 hours, three people – three different teams  – said, ‘Hey, we were going to kick the tires on Manny Machado.’ They’re out,” Dodgers analyst Jerry Hairston Jr. said on Reiter Than You. “The things he said with Ken Rosenthal, the way he's played the game – the one thing you can do is hustle. He’s a superstar player, and I understand you can’t hustle all the time. If you play 162 games, sometimes you hit a ground ball to second base, you’re going to be angry, upset, slam your bat and then you run. I understand that point. 

“But when you voice it – this is your free-agent year,” Hairston continued. “So teams are saying, ‘Okay, if you’re not doing it in your free-agent year and we’re going to give you a boatload of money, are you going to get better or are you going to get worse?”

At least a handful of teams aren’t willing to pay to find out.

“I really believe it’s unfortunate because he’s a top-five player to me,” Hairston said. “Defensively, offensively – unbelievable. I wish I had that talent and ability. One person said, ‘Hey, if I’m going to pay him that much money, I want guys like Derek Jeter that bust all the time.’ Alex Rodriguez always hustled. Mike Trout always played the game hard. You never see guys dog it. I wish he wouldn't have said those comments, because guess what? A lot of teams have to take you by your word.”

Machado said that he’s not – and never will be – a “Johnny Hustle” type of player.

“A lot of teams have to take you by your word,” Hairston said. “So are you going to invest $300 million? I don’t know. I love the payer, I think he’s unbelievably talented, I like him as a person. But it’s unfortunate. The last 48 hours, it hasn’t been the best 48 hours.”