The Yankees have been one of many few groups really making an attempt to maintain the recent range firing throughout this largely dormant baseball winter, however any talks concerning Manny Machado aren’t precisely at a rolling boil.
A baseball supply described the potential of the Yanks acquiring the Baltimore star as “nonetheless a protracted shot,” including that GM Brian Cashman stays engaged with numerous golf equipment and brokers about additional roster additions following the blockbuster commerce for reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton in December.
Jon Heyman reported earlier Friday that the Yanks “have been again involved” with the Orioles earlier this week concerning Machado, the three-time All-Star third baseman who’s slated to turn out to be a free agent following the 2018 season.
Boston, St. Louis and each Chicago groups even have been linked this winter to Machado, who has averaged 35 homers and 92 RBI over the previous three seasons with the Orioles — twice ending within the Prime-5 in AL MVP voting.
All-Star second baseman Starlin Castro was traded to Miami within the Stanton deal, veteran nook infielder Chase Headley was salary-dumped to San Diego in a separate transfer and incumbent third baseman Todd Frazier stays a free agent — albeit nonetheless a chance to return on a short-term contract.
The Yanks presently are slated to go into spring coaching subsequent month with two rookies — prime prospects Gleyber Torres, who’s getting back from Tommy John surgical procedure, and Miguel Andujar — vying to man these positions in 2018.
Regardless of an intention to maintain their payroll under the $197 million luxurious tax threshold, the Yanks even have been contemplating including one other beginning pitcher, speaking with Pittsburgh about Gerrit Cole, and different groups, whereas additionally holding tabs on free-agent hurlers resembling Yu Darvish and Alex Cobb.
The Yanks did make one smaller infield signing on Friday, inking 27-year-old utility man Jace Peterson to a minor-league cope with an invite to major-league camp, a supply confirmed.
Peterson, who was non-tendered by Atlanta earlier this offseason, appeared in video games at six positions — all 4 within the infield and each nook outfield spots for the Braves final season — batting .215 in 89 appearances final season. The 58th total decide within the 2011 draft by San Diego, Peterson performed in 152 video games, together with 137 begins at second base, for Atlanta in 2015.