MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees Should Wait Until Next Winter for Manny Machado
Manny Machado is available by the Baltimore Orioles. There’s a ton of teams lining up for his services
Several teams have put in their trade offers to the Orioles for the third baseman, whose also considering switching back to shortstop. The teams: the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Francisco Giants.
The White Sox are the team who made the strongest trade offer to Manny Machado. During the Winter Meetings, Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has made it clear. He would want to keep him on the long-term plans if traded for. That contradicts an earlier report saying that the White Sox could end up flipping Machado to the Yankees. Since Baltimore isn’t too keen on the idea of dealing Machado to a division rival.
He won’t sign a contract extension, even if he is moved this winter. He would want to test free agency. It would make sense for Machado to test free agency to see how much he can get on the open market.
For the Yankees, they’re in a “win now” mode to go along with their win for the future. They spent the last few years rebuilding their farm system up as one of the best in baseball. Even with their trade this past week with the Miami Marlins to land Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees farm system is still very much intact.
However, the feeling around baseball is that the Orioles could try to land some of the Yankees better trade chips and prospects. Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar, Justus Sheffield, Chance Adams and Albert Abreu are names that have come up as those of interest for the Orioles. If that is the asking price, it’s too much for a rental, even for someone like Machado.
However, if the Yankees really do want Machado, and they very well could since third base is now open for business with the trade of Chase Headley back to the San Diego Padres. The Yankees will be better to wait until next winter. At that time, Manny Machado is a free agent and won’t cost prospects.
It’s a good thing for the Yankees if Machado sticks to his word. Even if he does get traded, he wants to look at how much the open market will give him. If he continues to play at the level he is now, he’ll easily be looking at a massive payday; one the Yankees can still afford to take on.
With the Marlins helping out in the Stanton trade by paying $30 million. It clears the way for the Yankees to make at least one major offer next winter. Some thought it might be for Bryce Harper, but many others think it could be for Machado. He has proven he can play well in the American League and in the A.L. East.
Brian Cashman is very good at making trades; we all saw it with the Stanton deal. He’s not going to purge the farm system for a year rental player. So if he really wants Manny Machado to don the pinstripes, it’s best that he wait until free agency next winter and then make him an offer he can’t refuse.