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Yankees reportedly have not yet made formal offer to Manny Machado

The Manny Machado free-agency sweepstakes continues with seemingly — not to mention shockingly — no end in sight, and it sounds like one team believed to be in the hunt for the slugger’s services has yet to make a formal contract offer.

The New York Yankees have long been believed to be a potential destination for Machado, and the parties have participated in at least one formal meeting, if not more.

Yet, the New York Daily News’ Wallace Matthews reports that the Yankees have only “talked in concepts” with Machado and not about terms of any potential deal.

The Yankees organization previously has expressed some reservations about Machado, though, with most of the concern stemming from the free agent’s comments during the playoffs about hustle.

 Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner previously referred to Machado’s postseason comments about hustle as “troubling.”

Cashman, meanwhile, stated there are “fair questions to be asked” of Machado given some arguable warning signs.

Machado seemingly dropped hints via social media in late December about potentially joining the Yankees, but he subsequently deleted them and nothing of substance obviously developed at that time.

Still, the Yankees, despite a lack of a formal offer, should nevertheless remain players in Machado sweepstakes.

In recent days, though, it appears that the Chicago White Sox are among the teams making the strongest push to sign Machado, but contract terms — both in amount and length — presumably could remain an obstacle for the team.

There obviously are a handful of other teams still in the hunt, not only for Machado, but for the offseason’s other huge free-agent prize, Bryce Harper.

That said, the lack of action on both free agents prompted one MLB writer to say it’s a “disgrace” that there are so few teams lining up to make offers to such uniquely gifted players.

Perhaps the Yankees actually making an official, formal offer to Machado will bring an end to his free-agency saga.