The Orioles reportedly will not trade Manny Machado to the AL East rival Yankees, but that doesn’t mean the stud third baseman won’t end up with New York before 2018 is over.
According to a report from The Athletic, the White Sox are currently the top suitor for Machado, who is set for free agency following the 2018 season, but would certainly be open to trading him to New York for prospects during the season.
To land Machado in the first place, the White Sox may have to part ways with top pitching prospects Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech. However, they reportedly are only willing to trade one.
If Chicago gets the sense they wouldn’t be able to sign Machado to a long-term deal, the Yankees have arguably the richest farm system in baseball. The two clubs also have recent history in the trade market as they reached a deal last season that sent third baseman Todd Frazier and relief pitchers David Robertson and Tommy Kahn to the Bronx for a package that included outfielder Blake Rutherford, who is now a top-five prospect in the White Sox system.
Machado, a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, started slowly last season before rallying to hit .259 with 33 home runs and 95 RBIs.
The Yankees are the favorites to win next season’s World Series after trading for reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. Adding Machado’s bat to an already potent lineup in New York would only increase those odds.