The New York Yankees are resuming trade talks with the Baltimore Orioles as they work to meet the high price to acquire Manny Machado.
The New York Yankees have already added reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to their roster, and now they’re looking to add more firepower to an already potent lineup.
The Orioles have been entertaining the idea of trading third baseman Manny Machado for much of the offseason, but haven’t been able to find a suitor willing to meet their high asking price. As most of the GM’s around the league know the Orioles aren’t the easiest of teams to deal with when it comes to trades, but the Yankees are trying to change that.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees have been in contact with the Orioles about acquiring the All-Star third baseman. It’s becoming more and more likely the Orioles won’t be able to re-sign Machado once his contract is up at the end of the 2018 season and want to get something for him before losing him for nothing. They’ve been hesitant to trade him to the division rival Yankees, but if they present the best deal, they may have to pull the trigger.
While nothing is close at the moment the Yankees are the most likely destination should they actually get closer to offering what the Orioles would want in return. Once again easier said than done when it comes to the Orioles which is why they couldn’t move Zach Britton or Brad Brach at the trade deadline last season.
The Yankees have two obvious holes on the infield at second base and third base. Prized prospect Gleyber Torres is going to take one of those spots sooner than later. Miguel Andujar is big league ready with the bat, but not with the glove yet and Ronald Torreyes is better served as a utility man.
Should the Yankees make a deal for Machado not only will they have one of, if not the most potent offenses in baseball, but they’d have Gold Glove defenders across the infield (provided Torres takes over at second). Part of the reason a Machado deal is possible is that the Yankees are under the luxury tax, and plan on staying there even with the hopes of re-signing Machado after the season.
The biggest hurdle in any deal for Machado is the Orioles are notoriously difficult to work out trades with, but the Yankees most certainly have the prospects to make this trade happen. If they do then good luck to the rest of the league.