Orioles owner reportedly trying to keep Machado from Yankees

Orioles owner reportedly trying to keep Machado from Yankees”

Earlier this week, Roch Kubatko of MASN, in a piece discussing the Phillies interest in Baltimore Orioles superstar Manny Machado, noted that the Orioles "covet" Sanchez.

Several teams have put in their trade offers to the Orioles for the third baseman, whose also considering switching back to shortstop. And now they appear to have their sights set on one of MLB's other signature talents: Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

The Chicago White Sox reportedly had the strongest offer for Machado as of late Wednesday night. They don't want to disassemble a bullpen strength by dealing David Robertson and either Dellin Betances or Adam Warren to address what already might be the majors' best lineup without Machado.

"The Orioles, who seek two young, controllable starting pitchers for Machado, also have spoken about their three-time All-Star with the Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals", Rosenthal wrote, citing sources. He is entering his final year as an arbitration-eligible player and is eligible for free agency in 2019.

The current rumor comes from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, as many of them do during Winter Meetings, and it's that the White Sox are now the team most aggressively pursuing Machado as a trade target.

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For the Yankees, they're in a "win now" mode to go along with their win for the future. The Cardinals were able to acquire outfielder Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins this week without mortgaging their farm system, and remain in position to land Machado, along with the Yankees.

Remember the days (circa 2015) when the New York Yankees sat quietly while baseball's best players switched uniforms? If that is the asking price, it's too much for a rental, even for someone like Machado. Yankees officials were extremely doubtful that there was a path to obtain Machado, who was 55-45 to be traded by the Orioles, a person updated on the process told The Post. The Yankees will be better to wait until next winter.

"All 30 clubs leave here and take a breath and revisit conversations, both with free agents and trades, over the coming days", Hahn said.

The Yanks respect Sabathia so much that they probably have given him a window into their thinking - that they would like to get the other starter first so they know where they stand in terms of the threshold before making a firm offer to the veteran lefty. If he continues to play at the level he is now, he'll easily be looking at a massive payday; one the Yankees can still afford to take on. It clears the way for the Yankees to make at least one major offer next winter. However, the possibility still remains that Machado ends up somewhere other than NY or Chicago. He has proven he can play well in the American League and in the A.L. East.

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