When my feet hit the floor, my fingers hit the phone and I’m on Twitter checking out any New York Yankees’ news since last night, hoping Manny Machado somehow miraculously signed while I was sleeping. I came across this tweet right away:
The #yankees enamored with Manny Machado and believe he’s perfect fit.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 20, 2018
Nightengale, baseball writer for USA Today, tells me what I want to hear right away and I am thrilled. But wait, the the morning fog clears and I think is this a hot take from the dinner Machado was treated to last night by Yankee executives or is this just Nightengale posturing?
On November 8th, Nightengale was on the Dan Patrick Show and said very enthusiastically that Machado was the “perfect fit” who would be an “absolute stud” in Yankee Stadium
Now Nightengale may be right about Machado being a perfect fit and a stud in the Bronx should he ever get there, but wrong about the Yankees being “enamored” with him – a rather romantic and old-fashioned word that Merriam Webster defines as “affected by strong feelings of love, admiration or fascination.”
Now fans, I can see being “enamored” with Machado, as they tend express strong feelings toward players that might be akin to love, admiration and fascination. But to believe the New York Yankees expressed such feelings to Nightengale defies imagination.
Particularly in light of the criticism Machado has taken from Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner as a result of his performance and comments during the postseason regarding “hustling.” Steinbrenner said, in an interview on November 14th reported by Bryan Hoch in MLB.com:
“If it’s a $300 million guy or a $10 million guy, clearly those comments are troubling,” Steinbrenner said. “But that’s really Cash’s job. If we’re interested in any player, we sit down with him face to face and ask him, ‘Where did this come from? What was the context around the entire interview? Was there a point you were trying to [make]? How do you justify it?’
In the 90 minutes Machado spent at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, do you think hustle was addressed or were the Yankees too “enamored” of Machado to resolve the question of his “troubling” comments?
The Yankees wined and dined Manny Machado. What comes next? pic.twitter.com/wduwZgZquV
— SNY (@SNYtv) December 20, 2018
Either way, Machado is a desirable target for the Yankees, however, the Yankees have shown reluctance to engage in long-term contracts with elite players this offseason, Patrick Corbin, for example. It is rumored that Machado wants 10 years, $300MM, It is difficult to see the Yankees being enamored with the years Machado may command on the market and may ultimately, balk at offering such a deal.
While fans may take some fleeting comfort in Nightengale’s statement (as you would a daydream) ultimately, the reality is there are some hard questions surrounding Machado’s fit with the Yankees.
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