By: Ross Sutton
So a few weeks ago I wrote about what I believed the Yankees might do at the deadline and then about a week and a half ago I wrote about where Manny Machado might be traded to, but quite a lot has changed since then. There have been numerous reports that the Yankees are serious about trading for Machado and have one of the strongest offers out of all the teams interested in acquiring the superstar shortstop. Due to the fact that the Yankees already have a stacked lineup and their biggest need is starting pitching and not another bat, there has been a lot of reaction to this rumor. Then yesterday, Buster Olney tweeted this, making it seem like the Yankees are essentially out of running for Machado:
This is certainly discouraging for any Yankee fans that were hoping to land Machado at the deadline, but I don’t know if this necessarily means the Yankees are out on Machado. I think Cashman knows that Machado wants to be a Yankee, whether that is after this year in the offseason or in the near future at the deadline. It is also possible that the Yankees serious offers have motivated the other teams that are interested in Manny to make better offers. According to Olney, the Phillies, Brewers, and Dodgers are the teams that currently have the best offers on the table for Machado. When I wrote about where I thought Manny would be traded to about a week ago, I said that I believed the Dodgers and Brewers were the two most likely teams to get Machado, but I think the Phillies could be for real. When I wrote about where I thought Manny would be traded to much earlier in the season, I said the Phillies were the best fit for Machado, as they have better prospects than the Dodgers and Brewers and also a great need for Machado. The Phillies would also probably have a better chance to re-sign Machado after this season than the Dodgers, who would likely not be interested since the have Corey Seager returning in 2019, or the Brewers, who probably would not have the money to re-sign Manny.
Before some of the recent reports, including Olney’s, I really thought the Yankees would be able to acquire Machado, and then use breakout rookie Miguel Andujar as trade bait for a good starting pitcher. I thought Clint Frazier would be a good enough prospect to headline the Machado deal and that Andujar would then be a good enough prospect to headline a deal for a high-quality pitcher, like Blake Snell. Unfortunately for Yankees fans, it seems that Brian Cashman would rather go after Machado in free agency rather than give up top tier prospects, just to have to pay up again in the winter to re-sign Machado. I think Cashman and the Yankees believe they can win the World Series this year by acquiring a good starting pitcher, and then could go after Machado in free agency and have a great chance to win next year’s World Series as well. So since the Yankees seem to be less likely to get Machado compared to a week ago, my same thoughts apply as a month ago, that the Yankees would be smart to offer the Rays a really good package for All-Star Blake Snell, who has had a breakout season this year. Cashman might be more willing to give up top prospects for Blake Snell, who is under contract through 2022. Of course though, anything could change by a text from any GM in the league, but it seems most likely that the Yankees focus their attention to a starting pitcher, and that Machado gets dealt to the Phillies, Brewers, or Dodgers.
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