While New York Yankees fans grow anxious waiting for the team to sign a superstar, Nolan Arenado could be the answer everyone seeks.
“Meanwhile, people briefed on the Yankees thinking say that GM Brian Cashman — who did not respond to a request for comment — has internally discussed the possibility of trying to trade for Arenado either now or during the season. One source said that the teams have likely talked already, but neither Cashman nor Rockies GM Jeff Bridich have confirmed this.”
This would explain why the Yankees have been lukewarm on superstar third baseman Manny Machado this offseason. The Bronx Bombers seem hesitant to invest their future in Machado, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are unwilling to open the checkbook.
Arenado is set to become a free agent after the 2019 season and he should be the hottest player on the market. Colorado would hate to see Arenado walk in free agency, but he is sure to command big money next winter. This will make it difficult for the small-market team to compete with teams like the Yankees.
If the Yankees think they can acquire him via trade and subsequently sign him to an extension, that could be a better option than signing Machado — who they clearly have their doubts about.
Martino notes that a league source told him to keep an eye on this story. If the Yankees are dreaming of Arenado in pinstripes, that would explain the team’s aversion to doling out a huge contract for Machado.