We are getting closer and closer to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, and Manny Machado remains without a team. The free agent has three suitors ahead of the 2019 MLB season, though he might not be close to making a decision.

The New York Yankees’ unwillingness to meet the infielder’s contract demands could be the biggest reason for the wait. Machado reportedly wants to play in the Bronx, but the organization doesn’t seem to be interested in matching his asking price.

New York hasn’t made an official offer to the infielder, and if they do make one, it might not even be in the ballpark of what he is seeking. Machado began the offseason dreaming of a contract comparable to Giancarlo Stanton’s record-setting $325 million deal. He’s reportedly still hoping to make that kind of money, and the Yankees aren’t ready, at least at the moment, to give it to him.

It was reported at the beginning of the offseason that New York wouldn’t offer Machado a $300 million contract. Now, it appears the Yankees might not even be prepared to give him $200 million.

The two sides haven’t had much contact in the last 10 days, according to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino.

No team has yet to offer Machado a $300 million contract, so the Yankees remain in the race for the four-time All-Star. The Philadelphia Phillies are believed to have made him the biggest offer, possibly worth around $250 million, according to reports.

Between Machado’s interest in New York and Philadelphia’s willingness to spend “stupid” money, many had believed it would be a two-team race for the infielder. The Chicago White, Sox, however, have emerged as real contenders to sign the superstar.

Chicago’s reported offer of close to $200 million could actually be a competitive one, considering what the market for Machado has been. They are also putting together a roster that could be attractive to Machado after acquiring two of his closest friends in baseball.

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported that Philadelphia’s pursuit of Machado is “heating up.” They are considered to be the favorites to sign Machado, followed by the White Sox.

While the Yankees remain a possibility, they are looking like the least likely of the three teams to land Machado.

Manny Machado Orioles White Sox Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles is greeted by teammates after hitting a home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning on May 21, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: David Banks/Getty Images