Nightengale: Yanks ‘Front-Runners’ for Manny Machado

We’re only two games into the World Series, and the Yankees have already been connected to one of the marquee free agents who is currently suiting up for the Los Angeles Dodgers: shortstop Manny Machado.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Yankees are apparently the “front runners” to land the star shortstop. He also noted the Philadelphia Phillies will be interested and that the Dodgers are likely uninterested in resigning the infielder.

Machado was the premiere rental option on the trade market in July, and the Yankees tried their best to pry the star infielder away from the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles settled for a six-player package from the Dodgers promptly after Machado made his last appearance in an Orioles uniform at the 2018 All-Star Game.

The 26-year-old slid into the spot vacated by the injured Corey Seager, and hit .273/.338/.487 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI over the final 66 games of the regular season. Despite declaring his intention to only appear at shortstop in the 2018 season, he also started 16 games at third base for the Dodgers.

There has been a lot of talk about Machado’s on-field demeanor, but Nightengale says the Yankees are still willing to put up “at least $300 million for the mercurial star”.  A pursuit of Machado made plenty of sense at the 2018 Trade Deadline, when the Yankees looked to supplement an already powerful lineup. Now, with Didi Gregorius slated to miss significant time with Tommy John surgery, Machado could slot in at his preferred position and cost the Yankees nothing but money (albeit a lot of money).

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