Former Exec: Machado To Yankees Unrealistic

The Orioles are involving the Yankees with the hopes of making other teams nervous, David Samson says

Taz and the Moose
July 10, 2018 - 1:45 pm
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With the Baltimore Orioles actively shopping Manny Machado, many MLB teams want in on the action, including – reportedly – the New York Yankees.

While many Orioles fans might be horrified by the thought of their lone All-Star donning the pinstripes, CBS Sports MLB analyst David Samson believes it is unlikely that the Yankees would trade for Machado. The former Marlins president said that teams like to include the Yankees with rumored blockbuster trades with the hopes of spicing up interest.

“I don’t think it’s realistic,” Samson said on Taz & The Moose. “But what I do know is that what teams do this time of year is try to drum up interest and make competition, so it’s not a surprise that as it’s getting down close to it you’re going to hear the Yankees involved. We always liked to involve the Yankees in every rumor because it makes other teams nervous and it helps the price go up. That’s what the Orioles are trying to do. So I think the Machado news is really Oriole-based, not necessarily Yankee-based.”

It doesn't help that Machado – who is hitting .309 with 21 homers, 60 RBIs and a .379 OBP – claimed he will only play shortstop. Samson thinks the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent made a grave mistake and could drive potential suitors away.

“When you’re an executive looking at a trade, looking at a player – and you read an actual quote from a player saying that – for me, that was always a red flag,” Samson said. “What I wanted Machado to say is, ‘Listen, what I want to do is win. I don’t want to be on a 120-loss team in Baltimore any longer. I want an opportunity to get a ring, and I will play right field if that’s what it takes to play in October.’ Instead, what he did was try to protect his position in free agency by maintaining at a premium position at shortstop – and to me, it comes off terribly.

"I don’t want a player like that on my team, regardless on how good he is," Samson continued. "I want someone that wants to come in, fit in, win, and play anywhere – because in free agency, if he’s got a ring, if you get traded midseason (and) have a great run in the postseason – he can parley that into a contract bigger than Bryce Harper, which is what he would want to do anyway. So I found that quote to be absolutely offensive. You need a team, and even your star player has to be a part of that team."