The New York Yankees are meeting with Manny Machado on Wednesday, but what is their real endgame with him?
Manny Machado and Yankees have meeting scheduled for Wednesday in New York
— George A. King III (@GeorgeAKingIII) December 16, 2018
The hottest name on the free agent market not named Bryce Harper, Machado is expected to be paid well. Which team meets his contract demands, however, remains to be seen. Jon Heyman of Fancred reported the star infielder as already meeting with the Chicago White Sox.
ESPN’s Buster Olney added earlier this week Machado had meetings lined up with four teams.
Machado also expected to meet with chisox next week, likely early in week. At least philly is in too. In a yanks vs chisox battle, here are the edges: yanks: team, tradition, location, position (SS vs likely 3B for chisox); chisox: $, years, brother in law.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 16, 2018
Club exec says he’s heard Manny Machado will make four in-person visits with teams in the days ahead.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 11, 2018
And as MLB turns into the latest season of The Bachelor, the question asks itself.
What is the New York Yankees’ endgame with Manny Machado? Well, based on past history, your favorite Yankees columnist thinks he has the answer.
Where things currently stand
The biggest question regarding Manny Machado and the Yankees is simple: where would he play? The infield has a hole at shortstop, sure, but New York already has options. Gleyber Torres can just slide over from second base until Didi Gregorius is back from Tommy John surgery in the summer. This makes sense given Machado’s -6.1 career UZR at short, compared to his mark of 50.6 at third base.