Two of the biggest free agents in the prime years of their career, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, are still looking to dot the I’s and cross the T’s.
The Yankees have been linked to Machado, and at least for the time being have not been linked to Bryce Harper.
I have argued the merits of why Harper makes the most sense, but he’s not the apple of the Yankees eye.
Machado is, because the Yankees see a variety of unbelievable skills that he brings to the table.
Manny Machado is one of the most talented players in baseball. He can play third base at a high level, as well as shortstop at a competent level.
Machado has been as consistent as it gets at the plate since his call up to the big leagues in 2012.
He has produced, he makes contact, and fills a short-term need in the absence of Didi Gregorious at shortstop.
I can understand why the Yankees are in on Machado. However, there are downsides to signing him besides the lack of “hustle” that created a storyline of it’s own throughout the postseason.
The Yankees have two youngsters with incredible futures in the infield. Gleyber Torres and third basemen Miguel Andujar were both legitimate Rookie of the Year candidates based upon their 2018 performance.
When you combine their play with the intangibles, grit and talent of Didi Gregorious, it makes you wonder a very simple question: if Manny Machado is brought to the Bronx, who is the odd man out?
Unless Andujar is able and willing to switch positions, he would seem the most likely to get traded. But as Yankees fans, is that something you are okay with?
For me it would be a painful pill to swallow, and would only be acceptable if I received a top-of-the-line ace pitcher in return.
The Machado move is not a necessity in my eyes. It is a luxury. He’s a great talent, but not a must for 2019.
There are two other suitors, the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies, who have gone on record as saying they plan on spending “stupid money” this offseason.
If you are Brian Cashman and the Yankees, if you’re going to sign Machado you sign him on your terms. Period.
Do not go beyond seven years, make it clear to the player that the money and opportunities will be there, but we are not in the business of ten-year contracts.
You need us more than we need you. Some players may not want to hear that, especially players the caliber of Manny Machado, but it’s the reality of the situation.
Will it be the highest bidder or Yankee pinstripes for Machado?
Let the games begin.
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