ATLANTA — Flush with money, the New York Yankees could take a run at Manny Machado.
However first, the slugging infielder would have some explaining to do.
Arriving in Atlanta for 2 days of homeowners conferences at a lodge subsequent to the Braves’ SunTrust Park, Hal Steinbrenner mentioned the state of a group that has considered one of baseball’s most dynamic younger rosters however got here up quick within the playoffs the final two seasons.
Though he admits he’d moderately see extra effort from Manny Machado, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman mentioned Machado “checks all of the packing containers” when it comes to placing within the work and being teammate.
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The Yankees proprietor has loads of cash to spend after coming in beneath the luxurious tax threshold final season for the primary time for the reason that penalty took impact in 2003. Whereas the highest precedence is beginning pitching, New York can also be talked about as a contender for one of many winter’s greatest free-agent prizes.
Machado is a dynamic participant however comes with loads of baggage, together with the popularity as a unclean participant and his admission that he is “not the kind of participant that is going to be Johnny Hustle” after he jogged out a floor ball throughout the Nationwide League Championship Sequence.
“Definitely, these comments are troubling,” Steinbrenner mentioned throughout a gathering with a small group of reporters within the lodge foyer. He shortly added that it could be the job of basic supervisor Brian Cashman to decide whether or not the comments would disqualify the Yankees from pursuing such a participant.
New York wants a shortstop for not less than the primary half of 2019 after Didi Gregorius had to have Tommy John reconstructive surgical procedure after blowing out his throwing elbow in Recreation 2 of the American League Division Sequence.
“If we’re fascinated about any participant, we sit down with them face-to-face with their agent and ask them, ‘The place did this come from? What context was across the total interview? What level had been you attempting to make? How do you justify it?'” Steinbrenner mentioned. “As a result of that ain’t going to promote the place we play baseball.”
“Definitely, these comments are troubling. … As a result of that ain’t going to promote the place we play baseball.”
Yankees proprietor Hal Steinbrenner, on Manny Machado saying he is “not the kind of participant that is going to be Johnny Hustle.”
Steinbrenner additionally insisted many gamers with troubling reputations just do superb in New York.
“We’ve an ideal clubhouse,” the proprietor mentioned. “They simply do not put up with loads of nonsense from gamers, whether or not it is a rookie simply developing or new gamers — even when they’re veterans — coming in. That is an issue I am much less frightened about. However make-up is a giant a part of what we have a look at. It isn’t simply analytics.”
Machado does not appear to be a precedence. Mimicking Cashman’s latest comments on the basic supervisor conferences in California, Steinbrenner mentioned the shaky beginning pitching have to be addressed.
Masahiro Tanaka was the one starter to final 5 innings towards the Purple Sox within the ALDS. J.A. Happ, Luis Severino and CC Sabathia every took a loss after combining to hand over 14 earned runs in eight innings for a 15.75 ERA.
“We’ve to add items,” Steinbrenner mentioned. “Our beginning pitching struggled in October. That was apparent. Tanaka was the one one who had good begin.”
Steinbrenner did not rule out one other large contract. The Yankees have already got Giancarlo Stanton, who’s assured $270 million over the following decade except he opts out of the deal following the 2020 season.
Machado is probably going to search an excellent larger deal.
“Who’s the particular person? How previous are they? What are their talents? What’s their harm historical past? Do we actually want that individual place?” Steinbrenner mentioned, describing how he would method one other megadeal. “I am not towards trying. We’ll go away no stone unturned.”
In the long run, the mantra is easy: World Sequence or Bust — particularly after the rival Purple Sox claimed one other World Sequence championship.
“Look, our aim is to win the world championship, so it is going to damage me regardless of who it’s,” Steinbrenner mentioned. “However clearly, having our greatest rival do it hurts extra. Completely.”
On different topics:
• Steinbrenner mentioned he is hopeful his late father will probably be chosen for the Corridor of Fame. George Steinbrenner is amongst 10 candidates on the At the moment’s Recreation Period poll, which is able to certainly arrange loads of debate over whether or not seven World Sequence titles and 11 AL pennants are sufficient to offset two prolonged suspensions from the sport. “I really feel he deserves to be in, and loads of different individuals do too,” Hal Steinbrenner mentioned. “I feel it is only a matter of time.”
• The Yankees proprietor declined to remark on his group’s plans to purchase again the 80 p.c stake within the YES Community offered to 21st Century Fox from 2012-14. Steinbrenner did point out new traders doubtless would personal a majority stake within the community, whereas the group retained management over content material and presentation. It had an identical association with Fox.