Manny Machado unwilling to change positions for contending team?
The trade market for Manny Machado would likely expand if the All-Star shortstop was willing to move back to third base, but it doesn’t sound like that is something he is interested in.
Machado was asked on Monday about the possibility of changing positions if it meant he could play for a contending team. His response seemed quite clear.
“I’m a shortstop. I play shortstop.” – Manny Machado, when asked if he’d move back to third base if traded to contender.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) July 10, 2018
The New York Yankees, for example, are one team that has shown interest in Machado, but they are already set at shortstop with Didi Gregorious. Machado obviously doesn’t have a no-trade clause, but he is set to become a free agent after the season and could essentially block certain teams from trading for him if he refuses to agree to a long-term extension.
While Machado would probably be willing to move back to third for the remainder of the season, he clearly wants to play shortstop. He’s made eight errors already this season and has been less than stellar defensively, but he considers shortstop his natural position.
For now, the Orioles’ asking price has reportedly scared at least one potential Machado suitor away. The 26-year-old could make life a little easier if he showed a willingness to play multiple positions, but apparently that’s not an option.