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Adios , Arizona!"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Farmers onlyFeaturesPlayoffsHistory/Hall of FameGame ThreadsCincinnati Reds host Colorado Rockies in final Cactus League gameNew,13commentsAdios, Arizona!EDTShareTweetShareShareCincinnati Reds host Colorado Rockies in final Cactus League gameJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsIt’s the final Cincinnati Reds game of Cactus League play today, as the Reds will head east for a pair of exhibition games on Monday and Tuesday in Atlanta before opening the regular season on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. And, Sonny Gray is pitching today, and both of those things should be the headline news here.Instead, we’re stuck trying to figure out what kind of shenanigans the Reds are going to roll out again. On the heels of demoting Nick Senzel and sending us double-talk about how it’s not service time related, the Reds immediately went into silly-land in their actions in the wake of the news that Scooter Gennett will be out 8-12 weeks with a groin injury. Now Robin Yount Jersey , we find out that Jesse Winker - he of the -1.9 dWAR season in LF - will serve as the team’s backup CF, as The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans relayed, and Winker gets the start there today.Nick Senzel isn’t ready to be a CF because of his lack of experience, but Winker - who has started a grand total of 2 games in CF in his professional career and ranked as one of the 17 worst OF on defense in any position per FanGraphs last year (min 300 PA) - is their backup plan out there? Right. Not to mention, if Winker’s in CF that’s because Schebler isn’t playing, meaning either Matt Kemp or Derek Dietrich would be the team’s LF that day...and all three of them ranked alongside Winker among those 17 worst OF defenders last year.To translate, that means the Reds are deliberately not giving a hoot about OF defense while also citing OF defense for why Nick Senzel didn’t make the team. Ya follow?I’m not even mad. I’m just doing everything I can to try to follow any sort of rational thought with this sequence. Blame it on my B.A. in Economics.Here’s the full travel roster for today:It’s an early 3:05 PM ET start today, so plan accordingly. Just don’t plan on watching it since it’s not on TV.Go Reds. You’re my favorite team. Just please stop making so many silly moves and statements. Free agent Manny Machado has now completed his meetings with the three main teams that are interested in his services , now we all await his final decision.The 26-year-old has spent the last week meeting with teams about his potential future with them. Those teams included, the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies.Machado concluded these week-long meetings with by visiting the Phillies on Thursday. Now he must make the decision of who he would like to spend the next part of his career playing for.Machado is going to the Yankees. Yankees go out and get everyone. Red Sox are lethal. Rays are dangerous. Can never sleep on the Orioles. I鈥檓 going to the gym. Gonna be in my zone all year. Excited to compete in the best division in baseball! #ALEast— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) December 20, 2018advertisingIt's unclear whether or not the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher has had any contact with Machado, but one thing is for sure is that Stroman is never afraid to express his emotions with the public.Stroman is also not the only one that thinks the four-time All-Star will be wearing pinstripes next season. According to Official Bookmaker, the Yankees have the greatest odds to acquire the shortstop's services.The Phillies and the White Sox currently sit in second and third behind the Yankees for Machado. He will likely announce his decision after the holidays so that he can discuss his life-changing decision with his wife and family.advertising Via BC SportsMachado will be able to have a major impact on either of the three teams interested in him, which is why he is able to demand a massive contract. He is reportedly seeking somewhere around a ten-year contract valuing around $30 million per season.Those demands are why only three teams were able to gain a meeting with Machado this week.He will fit great with any of those three teams that are interested in him. Last season Machado had one of the best seasons so far in his career.Machado appeared in all 162 games last season, producing 37 home runs and 107 RBI's along with a .297 batting average. He's in the prime of his career , which is great for him because teams are continuing the trend of paying players for what they can produce in the future, rather than what they have previously done in the past.advertisingNow that Machado has finished his meetings, we should now be able to finally see where he is going to spend his career for the foreseeable future, which could likely speed up the whole situation with the other big-name free agent, Bryce Harper.Even though they don't play the same position, Machado and Harper are the two biggest players available on the free agency market. So the two teams that miss out on Machado, are likely to relocate that money to the other big-name free agent.