3. New York Yankees
Prior to being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Yankees seemed like the perfect long-term team for Manny Machado. While the Yankees may have not traded for him this season, the interest at least seemed mutual as the team has never shied away from big payrolls and superstar free agents.
Now, after the 2018 MLB Postseason, the New York Yankees might not actually be a great fit for Machado. Machado looked much worse under the playoff spotlight and the Yankees, a team rich in culture and traditional baseball values, have reportedly grown lukewarm on Machado.
That does not mean that the Yankees will completely shy away from Machado. There is a hole at shortstop for Machado to fill with Didi Gregorious getting Tommy John surgery, something that will sideline him for most, if not all, of the 2019 season.
Plus, it must be pretty salivating for the Yankees front office to imagine a 3-4-5 that included Manny Machado, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. This is an American League team, after all, and Machado showed during his short stint in the NL that he is a much better hitter on the AL side.
Adding Machado to that lineup would be absolutely terrifying and would make the Yankees instant World Series favorites.
As intriguing as that is, it all comes down to if the front office thinks that Machado deserves to wear the pinstripes. If the answer is no then this partnership will never formulate.