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MLB Notebook: Envisioning Manny Machado in pinstripes; Could Red Sox be Kimbrel’s best option?

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A few thoughts on the possibility (likelihood?) of Manny Machado signing with the New York Yankees.

1. Despite his talent, Machado would be a considerable risk for the Yanks.

Machado would deepen an already lengthy lineup and present multiple options. He could fill in at short until Didi Gregorius returns after mid-season from Tommy John surgery. He could then free up third baseman Miguel Andujar as a trade piece, or a candidate to move across the infield to first base.

But there's so much unknown about Machado. He's never been The Guy on his team. Sure, he was the Orioles' best player for a number of seasons, but Baltimore is a relatively small market and Machado was never the focal point, or even the highest-paid player on his own team, making far less than teammate Chris Davis in each of the last three seasons.

In New York, Machado would have something of a target on his back.