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Jonathan Holder has a realistic shot of making the All-Star team

Middle relievers have only recently started receiving universal recognition for their individual performance in Major League Baseball, due to the new age of numbers in the sport. Saves are no longer the all-telling, ultimate stat about a reliever’s success and WAR, ERA+, and other metrics have opened the eyes of fans on just how valuable it is for a team to have dominant relievers outside of the ninth inning role. Their widely agreed on importance has led to a lot of non-closer relievers making the All-Star team in recent seasons. The American League squad had two of them in 2017 and 2015, and a whopping four in 2016. If this trend continues, the AL should feature at least one or two non-closer relievers, and possibly more, with the scarcity of lockdown closers in the AL in 2018. The Yankees feature a lot of highly talented middle relievers and the pitcher who has surprised everyone the most, Jonathan Holder, has a very realistic shot of cracking the AL All-Star squad.

MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees interested in Manny Machado

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Yankees are interested in Orioles star third baseman Manny Machado. The Yankees are one of multiple teams interested in the infielder, and Cashman has the ammunition to make a move if he pleases. However, it would be interesting to see a star like Machado traded to a division rival, but stranger things have happened. 


Machado is considered one of the best if not the best third baseman in baseball, but his real love is at shortstop and has requested to move there if traded. The 25-year-old has dealt with injuries over the years, recently coming off one of his worst seasons as a pro, but at his best, he is a Gold Glove favorite at shortstop or third base with 40 home run power. 

If the Yankees can’t strike a deal with the Baltimore for Machado, he is a free agent after the season, and if one of the Baby Bombers cannot fill the third base hole, he could very likely come to the Bronx with a huge contract. An interesting note, if Manny does move back to shortstop, it could increase his value in the free agent market come 2019. The White Sox are also one of the teams interested in Machado, and Baltimore is looking for two controllable pitchers in a trade. We will have to see if the Yankees make another titanic move early on in the winter meetings.

Article by: Maxx Hotton