The Orioles reportedly is not going to commerce Manny Machado to the AL East rival Yankees, however that doesn’t imply the stud third baseman received’t find yourself with New York earlier than 2018 is over.
Based on a report from The Athletic, the White Sox are at the moment the highest suitor for Machado, who is ready free of charge company following the 2018 season, however will surely be open to buying and selling him to New York for prospects through the season.
To land Machado within the first place, the White Sox could should half methods with prime pitching prospects Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech. Nevertheless, they reportedly are solely prepared to commerce one.
If Chicago will get the sense they wouldn’t have the ability to signal Machado to a long-term deal, the Yankees have arguably the richest farm system in baseball. The 2 golf equipment even have current historical past within the commerce market as they reached a deal final season that despatched third baseman Todd Frazier and reduction pitchers David Robertson and Tommy Kahn to the Bronx for a bundle that included outfielder Blake Rutherford, who’s now a top-five prospect within the White Sox system.
Machado, a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, began slowly final season earlier than rallying to hit .259 with 33 residence runs and 95 RBIs.
The Yankees are the favorites to win subsequent season’s World Sequence after buying and selling for reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. Including Machado’s bat to an already potent lineup in New York would solely enhance these odds.