The New York Yankees didn’t land Manny Machado and Brian Cashman has a pretty good explanation for that.
That dream was shattered on Thursday when multiple outlets reported that Machado inked a 10-year, $300 million deal to reside in San Diego.
So what does Brian Cashman have to say to that? While the deal is one the Yankees definitely had the financial resources to make, it just wasn’t in the cards for the Bombers.
Cashman and the Yankees brass met with Machado early on in his free agency tour, resulting in a 90-minute meeting at Yankee Stadium followed by a dinner.
Brian Cashman said that the Yankees did not discuss numbers during their dinner with Manny Machado. He added what he used to tell George Steinbrenner: “You can’t have them all.”
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) February 22, 2019
This sounds like an excuse for Cashman not breaking out the checkbook when he so clearly can afford to lock up Machado. However, with the team they put together this offseason, he may be right.
While Miguel Andujar‘s defense may be a huge question moving into 2019, his offensive output is no joke. To lock up those open infield positions, Cashman took a less expensive stance on two veterans in Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu. Add in a starting pitcher and a dominant reliever, the Yankees are set.
And yeah, they don’t need Machado.
Sure, snagging this once-in-a-lifetime talent would’ve made for an incredible offseason for the Yankees and could help catapult them straight to the top of the league. However, they simply decided that what they currently have and picked up along the way was more than enough to do the same.
While it would’ve been nice to see Machado’s name in the lineup next season, Cashman is right. You truly can’t get everything you want. Sometimes another team just wants him even more.
Thanks to Brian Cashman for putting things into perspective. Maybe they can’t always have the players they want but they seem to have no problem collecting those 27 rings.