It was reported last night that the New York Yankees have made an offer to the Baltimore Orioles for infielder Manny Machado. The offer is said to be “serious,” and may or may not include top Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield.
Like all trade rumors we’ll know what was true and what was bluster after the fact, but this all sounds a lot more concrete than the rumors which had been floating around previously. That means it’s quite possible that the Yankees are going to load up for bear in the second half with the best available player on the market, adding his .314/.383/.573, 23-homer batting line to an already dominant offense.
We’ll deal with that if and when it happens, however. For now, let’s look at how this is being received in New York. The Daily News:
This is thirsty, folks. This is the baseball equivalent of a schoolgirl writing “Mrs. Manny Machado” on her notebook in flowing script — with a little heart replacing the “o” at the end — and then saying “OMGOMGOMGOMG!” when Machado walks by and gives a little smile. Maybe they’ll be married soon!
I get the excitement. I’d LOVE to have Machado added to my favorite team too. But I also feel like this is the sort of thing that, if fans and the media in another city did it, most Yankees fans would call small time and provincial.
Anyway: good luck, kids. I think you’ll look great together.
The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.
Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.
The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.
In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.