Ken Rosenthal reported that the Yankees are showing “increased interest” in the Orioles MVP candidate. As always, the Yankees are linked to the hottest name on the market. I’m writing this to say this will absolutely not happen and is not close to happening. There is no momentum to this move. Of course the Yankees called and did their due diligence. It would be irresponsible if Brian Cashman did not see what the Orioles asking price is. So for everyone about to freak out about the Evil Empire using their capitol to buy another star, just relax. The fact remains that the Orioles are going to try to base their rebuild on this trade, and there are teams way more desperate for middle infield help than the New York Yankees.
When asked if he would move over to third base for a contender Machado said: “I’m a shortstop. I play shortstop.” Even without that quote, there is no way the Yankees would give up what the Orioles are asking for a rental they do not even need. Miguel Andújar is hitting .279 with 12 HRs, and 39 RBIs. His .809 OPS ranks 3rd in American League Third Baseman this season. Their current shortstop Didi Gregorius is struggling to make contact hitting .255 but has 15 HRs and a .775 OPS. While Machado would obviously be an upgrade, they do not need him. They have other needs like getting a guy to replace Sonny Gray (5-7, 5.85 ERA). Though what would be better than a David Price, Sonny Gray Divisional Series match-up in the Bronx to rival Game 5 of the 2017 World Series that ended with a 13-12 walk-off. Realistically, the Yankees will trade for J.A. Happ, Cole Hamels, or if they want to make a splash: Michael Fulmer. Expect Machado to suit up for the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, or Brewers this season.
Scott Neville – Head Baseball Writer – WTF Sports