Machado?

Jon Heyman reported tonight that the Yankees have made a strong offer for Manny Machado. I’m trying to figure out why. Don’t get me wrong, he is a wonderful player, but three thing about this make no sense.

First, Machado is a free agent in October. If the Yankees had a glaring hole at short or third, I would understand the move, but they don’t. Didi is one of the better shortstops in the league. Andujar looks like he could be a solid guy at third for the next six years. A rental doesn’t make sense here.

Second, even if you think the Yankees should try to sign and trade for Machado, is he the right long term fit? Again, he is a wonderful player, but do you want another righty power bat in this lineup at a salary probably $25-million or more a year?

Third, he is not a pitcher. That’s where the Yankees need to fortify above all else.

For those reasons and more, this doesn’t make sense to me. I wonder if it is the Orioles trying to stir up bidders? If it isn’t and it’s true, it doesn’t make any sense.