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Three things the Yankees need to acquire in the offseason that aren’t Manny Machado

The speculation started during the regular season, even prior to his trade from the Baltimore Orioles to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Where would Manny Machado go upon his free agency at the end of the 2018 regular season? And, with that, which teams would be knocking on his door?
No sooner did the Yankees’ regular season come to a close after their fated ending in the American League Division Series, the talks of Machado coming to the Bronx took off as though pushed by a speeding 4 Train behind Yankee Stadium. The truth of the matter is that the rumors started even prior to Machado’s free agency being on the horizon -- they started at the trade deadline.

Heyman: A Manny Machado trade is “very close, it’s not the Yankees”


Despite the All-Star game shenanigans that included a selfie with Chapman, Torres, and Severino, a viral GIF of Machado looking at Gleyber Torres’ phone, and Machado’s nephew saying on live television that he’d like to see his uncle on the Yankees, Jon Heyman reported moments ago that Manny Machado is close to being traded, but not to the Bronx Bombers. The deal is supposed to occur after tomorrow’s All-Star Game, which will likely be Machado’s last game in an Orioles uniform.
 
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The Yankees came out of the woodworks as a surprise frontrunner for Manny Machado, but after their refusal to deal a top prospect for a rental and their lack of a true need at third base or short stop, it appears their NL counterparts in the sweepstakes have taken control.

After this trade occurs, the Yankees trade buzz will shift back to the starting pitcher market, a market that does not look promising as of late.

Article by: Ryan Thoms

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