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What should we make of reports that the Yankees are pursuing Baltimore shortstop Manny Machado?
"Take it seriously," said one baseball source with direct knowledge of the situation.
Major league sources went on to say that Baltimore was looking for starting pitching that was close to major league-ready, and perhaps an infield piece if the Yanks won't give up Miguel Andujar. The Yanks might be able to build a package around pitcher Justus Sheffield and infielder Brandon Drury, those sources said.
Insiders also pointed to last year's deal between the White Sox and Yankees as a potential model for how this trade could grow into something larger. The Sox sent third baseman Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yanks for four players. The Yankees are currently interested in Baltimore reliever Zach Britton.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the Yanks' renewed interest in Machado. Jon Heyman of Fancred first reported the Britton interest.
The Yankees are also looking for starting pitching, but Baltimore is unwilling to trade Dylan Bundy or Kevin Gausman, according to sources.
The obstacles to a Yanks-O's deal for Machado are obvious, and the teams are not close to a deal -- at least as of Tuesday morning. Machado wants to be a shortstop, and the Yanks have Didi Gregorius. The Orioles aren't excited about helping a division rival. And the Yankees want starting pitching.
Perhaps, one source speculated, the Yanks are throwing up a smoke screen to make it harder for Boston to acquire Machado. At least five other teams have called on Machado.
But all that said, the Yankees and Orioles have been talking Machado intermittently since at least December. Expect more on this in the coming days and weeks.