The Yankees have been one of the few teams truly trying to keep the hot stove firing during this mostly dormant baseball winter, but any talks regarding Manny Machado aren’t exactly at a rolling boil.
A baseball source described the potential of the Yanks obtaining the Baltimore star as “still a long shot,” adding that GM Brian Cashman remains engaged with various clubs and agents about further roster additions following the blockbuster trade for reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton in December.
Jon Heyman reported earlier Friday that the Yanks “were back in contact” with the Orioles earlier this week regarding Machado, the three-time All-Star third baseman who is slated to become a free agent following the 2018 season.
Boston, St. Louis and both Chicago teams also have been linked this winter to Machado, who has averaged 35 homers and 92 RBI over the past three seasons with the Orioles — twice finishing in the Top-5 in AL MVP voting.
All-Star second baseman Starlin Castro was traded to Miami in the Stanton deal, veteran corner infielder Chase Headley was salary-dumped to San Diego in a separate move and incumbent third baseman Todd Frazier remains a free agent — albeit still a possibility to return on a short-term contract.
The Yanks presently are slated to head into spring training next month with two rookies — top prospects Gleyber Torres, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, and Miguel Andujar — vying to man those positions in 2018.
Manny Machado could be on the move this offseason.
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Despite an aim to keep their payroll below the $ 197 million luxury tax threshold, the Yanks also have been considering adding another starting pitcher, talking with Pittsburgh about Gerrit Cole, and other teams, while also keeping tabs on free-agent hurlers such as Yu Darvish and Alex Cobb.
The Yanks did make one smaller infield signing on Friday, inking 27-year-old utility man Jace Peterson to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league camp, a source confirmed.
Peterson, who was non-tendered by Atlanta earlier this offseason, appeared in games at six positions — all four in the infield and both corner outfield spots for the Braves last season — batting .215 in 89 appearances last season. The 58th overall pick in the 2011 draft by San Diego, Peterson played in 152 games, including 137 starts at second base, for Atlanta in 2015.