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The official race for MLB free agent Manny Machado starts Wednesday in the Bronx when the New York Yankees have him in for his official visit. Machado will also see the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, but it's no secret he's always held an affinity for the Yankees.
It's been widely reported the Yankees are his first choice and have been for a long while, even before his trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers late last season. Things can always change and a team's pitch or GMs might blow Machado out of the water during his visit, so you never know what will ultimately happen.
Let's examine three of the main reasons why Machado could or should sign with the Yankees.
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On Tuesday, the Yankees hired Carlos Beltran as a special advisor to GM Brian Cashman. Beltran shares an agent with Machado, so the timing of the hiring is interesting, to say the least. The Yankees also have another special advisor on the payroll -- Alex Rodriguez, who Machado grew up idolizing. Rodriguez and Machado are both from the Miami area and have developed a strong relationship over the course of Machado's career. It's assumed both A-Rod and Beltran will be involved in the courting of Machado. When the people you respect most support your decision or nudge you in one direction, those are words and actions you don't take lightly.
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After spending almost his entire career in Baltimore, doing a whole lot of losing, Machado clearly has an affinity to the lure and prestige that comes along with being a Yankee. Personal numbers and achievements can get you into the Hall of Fame, but winning championships turns you into a legend, especially winning championships in pinstripes.
If Machado cares about his legacy as much as he claims he does, then the Yankees are the logical choice to solidify it. They will almost certainly be in contention for a World Series title every year of his impending contract. That's something not many other franchises can guarantee, including the Dodgers, who have had plenty of highly-talented, under-performing teams in the last 8-10 years.
1. On-Field Opportunities
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Machado would be walking into a Yankees roster loaded with talent everywhere you turn. While the Yankees' would-be starting shortstop, Didi Gregorius, is expected to miss a large portion of the year recovering from Tommy John surgery, which leaves a hole at short, where Machado has made it clear he desires to play. Gregorius is also an impending free agent, so that opens up the possibility of Machado staying at shortstop longterm.
In terms of third base, where Machado has actually proven to a much-stronger, Gold-Glove-caliber fielder, that position is currently occupied by Rookie of the Year runner-up Miguel Andujar. Andujar could either move to first base or be put into a DH rotation, if Didi is resigned. The other option is to trade Andujar for more pitching.
Machado signing with the Yankees would be good for him and for the organization. It's truly a match made in baseball heaven.
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