With Gleyber Torres in DL Yankees are looking around for trade possibilities to build their strength. In a recent update, it has been informed that Yankees are taking an interest in trading Manny Machado, third baseman and shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball.
But before any steps are taken there are a lot of factors that should be considered so that a case like Ohtani’s is never repeated. The Yankees were all focused on Ohtani and were getting off track from the game which backfired at Yankees. Ohtani was a great trade-off material but Yankees had to instead choose Stanton.
However, their need for a good starter only grew larger with Stanton being on the team they were stronger but where they were already good enough. Recently The Yankees have sat down to take a final decision on trade possibilities and all the ups and down they’ll have to face in this deal.
On asking Brian Cashman nothing more than the following has been reported on his interest in Baltimore Star Manny Machado:
the Yankees general manager said: “I don’t think third base is a problem. I think it is a strength, not only with [Miguel] Andujar, but with [Brandon] Drury in the wings. And I would argue if all hell broke loose, Gleyber Torres could go there as well. Get your cheap Yankees tickets from BBTIX.com and enjoy the match.
“I don’t think third base is a problem. Actually, I know we don’t have a problem there.”
Machado has just turned 26 and had been named the all-star for his fourth time. Even though he has undergone a knee surgery in 2014 it has never affected his productiveness. Though he is a shortstop, he has been a third baseman and he has been great in it. Also, Alex Rodriguez and Stanton have switched positions to play for the Yankees so can Machado plus if the trade does happen he doesn’t have much of a choice anyway. Unlike Stanton does not have a no-trade protection. He owns about $7 millions of his $16 million salary which is expected to go down to $5 million if the trade is further delayed by Baltimore Orioles.
The Yankees have a budget of $181 million and hopefully, they can get the player of their choice. Other than that, Machado will be a free agent soon and it limits the expectations of Baltimore to get in exchange for him since he will be a rental.
Besides Yankees, the other teams that are showing interest in Machado are The Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Brewers, Indians, and Phillies. What effects this trade most is the fact that the Orioles have long shown disinterest in trading their players with other AL East teams specifically Yankees. And there is also the possibility that Machado gets set on being Shortstop then Yankees will have to reconsider their decision.
The Orioles might be wanting to increase the bidding with broadcasting Yankees’ interest in Manny Machado. What left unseen is if Yankees will be able to get a hold on Machado or not. As seen before with Stanton, everyone thought it was impossible at that time too, but they acquired him anyway. Let us hope for the best and see what happens next.