New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was asked about Manny Machado in his opening press conference, but he didn’t say much.
The New York Yankees and Manny Machado were linked all offseason. Despite the rumors swirling all winter, the Yankees and Machado don’t appear to be a match.
Aaron Boone was asked about his dinner with the superstar infielder, but he wouldn’t divulge much information.
“It was a really nice dinner,” Boone said in his Wednesday afternoon press conference. “I really enjoyed it with him. I feel like I enjoyed him and his wife. He’s a great player. Confident that he’ll be a great player moving forward. But that’s about my take on it. I really enjoyed the day.”
Boone isn’t saying much there. He clearly doesn’t want to push the Machado rumors any further. The Yanks appear ready to attack 2019 with the roster they have.
Perhaps Machado will budge and agree to a short-term deal that makes sense for New York, but that still seems like a pipedream at this point. But if the Yankees are willing to make a play for the enigmatic infielder, they’re playing it close to the chest.
Machado is one of the biggest names still left on the market along with Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez, and Mike Moustakas. It’s unclear when teams will step up to the plate and sign these players. There are still so many All-Star caliber players on the market.
Despite the talent left on the market, Aaron Boone and the Yankees are content to start the season with what they have.