As we near the MLB All-Star Break and MLB Trade Deadline, the rumors are in full force, and of course it’s no secret that the biggest name on the trade block is Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles. Not a day goes by where you don’t hear updated news about potential suitors or trades for him. As of right now, here are the odds for teams to land Machado (As of July 11th, according to BetOnline.com):
As you can see, the Brewers and Phillies remain are the two favorites to land Machado, but every single time I look at my phone, I see more Yankees-Machado updates. Let me make this clear… As a die hard Yankee fan, I don’t want the Yankees to trade for Manny Machado.
I look at this 2018 New York Yankees team, who are currently 60-31 and 3.5 games back of the Red Sox in the AL East, and I say to myself, ‘What’s the best way to close that gap?” The answer isn’t Manny Machado, but it’s starting pitching. Trading for Manny Machado isn’t going to do much, except make the infield way more crowded. I understand that he’s batting .314 with 23 HRs and 63 RBIs, but when you have a starting pitcher in Sony Gray who’s ERA is 5.46 that’s your issue (Gray actually had a good start Wednesday night: 6 IP, 0 ER).
sources: yankees have made a strong offer for manny machado. haven't heard they are the favorite, but they are clearly a player at this point. @Ken_Rosenthal said there was "increased" interest from NYY a couple days ago.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 11, 2018
When the Yankees go to the playoffs, and play teams such as the Astros, they are going to need starting pitchers to compete with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton, Lance McCullers, and Dallas Keuchel. One more bat isn’t going to win you some of those games.
Now let’s go through this… The Yankees have Luis Severino, who’s as good if not better than everyone in the league right now, Masahiro Tanaka, who has proved in the past that he’s a big game pitcher, and C.C Sabathia, who I still trust to have a solid start in the postseason. After that, you have Sony Gray and Domingo German. Gray will likely not see any time on the mound in the postseason if he continues like this, and German can be used out of the bullpen in the playoffs.
I understand that there are no elite pitching options on the market, but so what. Trade some mid-level prospects for a J.A Happ or Cole Hammels, and go from there. The Yankees top pitching prospect is Justus Sheffield, and his ERA in AAA is 2.53 in 10 starts (11 games pitched). That’s exceptional. Trading him for Machado, who may not even re-sign after the season ends would be nuts. I think that Sheffield is just as good of an option as trading for Happ or Hammels.
Let’s say both happen… Now, you have options. You likely have to choose between Happ/Hammels, Sheffield, Gray and German to start that third or fourth playoff game. Obviously, Happ/Hammels would get a playoff start unless they are pitching horrendous, but let’s say C.C is burnt out by the end of the season. You have options.
Trading Justus Sheffield to get stronger in an area you’re already strong in would be crazy. You have power hitting already, and Miguel Andujar and Didi Gregorius are perfectly fine on the left side of the infield.
If I haven’t made it clear already, I want pitching at the trade deadline. If Brian Cashman wants to sign Manny Machado in the offseason, then fine, but you can’t sell the farm for a three-month rental.
I’ll be keeping everyone updated on Yankees trade rumors over the coming weeks. Stay tuned.