As of yesterday, the New York Yankees have officially entered the Manny Machado sweepstakes. Besides Bryce Harper, Machado is the best free agent in this year’s class and is certainly going to get a big pay day before the season. The only thing with Machado is that he made it very clear he doesn’t like to hustle during last year’s playoffs, as he jogged many singles that could have been extra base hits or pop-outs he refused to run out.
Machado has openly made it known he wants to play in New York. Now that Didi Gregorius is out indefinitely after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in October, he could possibly miss the entire season. Machado was a huge fan of Alex Rodriguez growing up and now has a personal relationship with him, which helps the Yankees’ case to sign him.
Rodriguez has been an advisory for team owner Hal Steinbrenner for the past two seasons. Once Gregorius returns from the disabled list, it’s assumed Machado will move back to third base. He has won two gold gloves from that position and Gregorius is a superior defender at shortstop.
The only thing with signing Machado, is the Yankees would probably end up moving Miguel Andujar once Gregorius comes back from injury in hopes of getting some starting pitching. Moving Andujar probably isn’t something the Yankees want to do though, so it will be interesting to see how the team moves forward in free agency. It could also be possible for the Yankees to deal Gregorius, seeing how he is a free agent in 2020. That doesn’t seem likely, as Gregorius has put up numbers no other Yankees shortstop has ever put up.
A good thing about Machado, is he always has potential to put up all-star numbers. While Gregorius is better defensively at shortstop, Machado has an incredible arm at third base. We’ve seen him make many incredible plays at third. In 2018, Machado played all 162 games while hitting .297 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI’s.
The White Sox remain a dark horse to sign Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. They’re ready to be a team that will spend money in order to contend in the coming seasons. The only problem with the White Sox, is they already have a shortstop who hit 20 home runs and has 20 stolen bases. Tim Anderson is also signed through 2024, but having too many stars couldn’t hurt this struggling team.
Another possible team in the Machado sweepstakes could be the Philadelphia Phillies. They’ve also emerged as a favorite team to sign OF Bryce Harper. With the youth on this team and their clear intentions to spend money to become contenders, why wouldn’t Machado give thought to signing with them?
Through everything, the Yankees remain the favorite to sign Machado. They only need a couple more pieces to be a World Series team. They’re always a team willing to spend money to get what they need. Machado has made it known he wants to play in Pinstripes.
Will Machado be playing the Bronx come next season. If he is, how much will the Yankees be willing to pay for him?