3. New York Yankees
Chase Headley has proven to be a massive disaster for the Yankees at third base. He hit 31 home runs, drove in 115 and won the NL Silver Slugger in 2012, but has not hit more than 14 home runs in the five seasons that followed. Headley’s $52-million deal with the Yankees has been a bust, and he has not even slugged .400 with them.
Gleyber Torres is the top prospect for the Yankees, and he was signed as a shortstop. His future could lie at third base with Didi Gregorius playing at an All-Star level at shortstop. Gregorius is only 27 and has gotten better three years in a row.
The Yankees may not even really need Machado, which says something about the amount of talent in their infield and minor league system. They have long been viewed as a potential destination for Machado in free agency, but the acquisition of Torres and the continued rise of Gregorius puts some doubt there. Brian Cashman and the front office have built an elite farm system, just graduated Clint Frazier to the big leagues and watched him hit three home runs in his first week up.
New York needs a third baseman this season if they are to make a run at the playoffs after leading the AL East for most of the first half. This team, however, is not worth blowing up the farm system for right now. Manny Machado may very well wear pinstripes one day, but the Yanks will have to sign him, not trade for him.