Contrary to what many New York Yankees fans are clamoring for, the organization isn’t sold on pursuing controversial free agent Manny Machado.
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Manny Machado did not have himself a great World Series and now it appears the news to kick-off his free agency has matched it (as having the richest team in the land interested is a great thing).
The front office and scouting department have taken his postseason behavior into serious consideration as to whether or not Machado would be a good fit for the team.
So it’s starting to look like the Yankees might not be the team that gives Machado the mega-contract he’s expecting. I have just one thing to say about it …
As a player, Machado is a perfect fit for the Yankees. He can fill the hole left at shortstop in Didi Gregorius‘ absence and slide over to provide a strong defense presence at third base when Gregorius returns. He can hit to all fields for both power and contact. Most importantly, Machado can hit with runners in scoring position, the one component missing from the Yankees offense built on homers and walks.
As a person, however, Machado is the exact opposite of what the New York Yankees need.
Machado took advantage of the national stage the 2018 playoffs provided him by showing every front office that he thinks he’s too talented to hustle. He showed every front office that he thinks his star power gives him a pass to make dirty plays and suffer no repercussions. He showed Brian Cashman that he would be a terrible addition to a Yankees locker room that’s already likely losing it’s two veteran leaders.
It doesn’t matter what Manny Machado can do on the field. His antics during and attitude toward the most important games of the year should be enough to convince a Cashman to keep him far away from us.
The money Machado will receive this offseason will go a lot farther for the Yankees if it’s used on pitching. Just because Yankee fans want to become the Evil Empire, doesn’t mean Cashman needs to acquire players that can destroy a locker room and take the focus off the product on the field.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past month here are some of the antics I’ve been referring to …
ICYMI: Things got heated between Manny Machado and Jesús Aguilar late in Game 4 of the NLCS. pic.twitter.com/jz6HwCMaYw
— ESPN (@espn) October 17, 2018
Machado blows a bubble while running to first and steps on Pearce's ankle pic.twitter.com/QO7qcgEqVE
— Heart of MLB (@HeartofMLB) October 28, 2018
— Denlesks (@Denlesks) October 17, 2018
… OK, that last one isn’t real, but the point remains.