Yankees falling back on Manny Machado

New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine left and relief pitcher Giovanny Gallegos high-five after closing out the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles Monday

You don't have to go back far to see the possible value a rental player can bring to a team competing for a playoff spot. They are sellers, not buyers, at the trade deadline.

Of the organization's top eight prospects, seven are pitchers including Albert Abreu, Chance Adams and Luis Medina.

Torres finally made his Major League Baseball debut this season and has been outstanding in the 60+ games he's appeared in, as he is the current favorite to take home the AL's Rookie of the Year honors. It would seem excessive for NY to part with such a talent now when it can just wait five or six months for his signature. That may not be as off-putting to the Indians as it would to another team: Their bullpen now ranks second to last in the league with a cumulative 5.39 ERA and -1.9 fWAR, bested (or worsted) only by the Royals. Another team in the mix at the top is the Yankees.

Sources: Orioles making progress and narrowing their focus in the Machado trade talks. While the Yankees have one of the strongest farm systems in baseball to fall back on in trade talks, the same can not be said about Boston. The Dodgers could put Machado at short to replace the injured Corey Seager while the Yankees and Red Sox presumably view him as a third base upgrade over Miguel Andujar and Rafael Devers, respectively. But, it might not be in the Orioles best interest to send Machado to an AL East rival. It is likely that the Baltimore Orioles will continue to hold out for the best offer.

Trading for Machado is indeed a risk, but it could be one worth taking. While he would provide any team in the league with a significant boost to their lineup and infield defense, it would only be for a few months. However, Rosenthal adds that the Dodgers' and Yankees' offers for Machado "remain strongest". "You just try to enjoy your moment, try to enjoy the season like I have since day one, since I stepped in here".

Matt Citak is a contributor for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum.



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