With players like Manny Machado and Bryce Harper on the market, the New York Yankees under George Steinbrenner would without a doubt have been more outwardly aggressive this offseason.
With Hal Steinbrenner at the realm, however, the Bronx Bombers have taken a more measured approach in free agency. So much so, that as of this week, the Yankees have yet to make a formal offer to Machado or Harper.
Entering this offseason, it was expected that players like Machado and Harper would receive multiple $300M contracts. However, the only known offers for either player are:
- The Washington Nationals offered Bryce Harper a 10-year, $300M before the end of the 2018 season. Harper declined the offer.
- While it is understood that the White Sox have made a formal offer to Manny Machado, there have been conflicting reports as to what that offer might have been.
What stands out from these offers is (1) very few teams are active on either player and (2) the New York Yankees aren’t in the mix, at least not outwardly.
There’s a reason for that.
The fact of the matter is while adding either player would improve any team, including the Yankees, there just isn’t any room for either player in the Bronx.
With the Yankees retaining veteran OF Brett Gardner earlier this winter, and the emergence of prospects like Clint Frazier and Estevan Florial, the Yanks are looking at an impending logjam in the outfield. An outfield that already features Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, and Giancarlo Stanton, by the way.
With a depth chart that deep, it’s no wonder the Yankees aren’t chomping at the bit to match or even exceed the Nationals offer to Bryce Harper.
As far as the infield goes, it’s the same story as the outfield, which is bad news for Machado.
With the recent signing of DJ LeMahieu and Troy Tulowitzki, the Yanks now have an abundance of capable infielders. An infield that already includes Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andújar, Greg Bird, and Luke Voit.
So, who could blame Hal’s Yankees for sitting back and letting the chips fall where they may? It’s possible that with a limited market for either player, one might fall on your lap at a bargain price ala J.D.Martinez.