The Yankees have reportedly become a serious player for potential trade chip Manny Machado in recent days. Rumors are circulating about the desired return haul. According to Jon Morosi, the Orioles are asking for prized pitching prospect Justus Sheffield in a deal that would bring Machado to the Bronx. However, there are questions as to whether Brian Cashman would part with Sheffield.
Sheffield, 22, was one of the prospects acquired in the Andrew Miller trade two years back, and has been dealing in Triple-A of late, where he currently holds a 2.53 ERA. The lefty would likely only be part of the necessary haul to get Machado, who is still just 25 years old and one of the best hitters in baseball.
There was another recent report that a potential trade for Machado and reliever Zach Britton would see the Yankees parting ways with Brandon Drury, Clint Frazier and Domingo German, but it seems like Dan Duquette and the O’s want more for their star shortstop. Cashman reportedly isn’t willing to part with a top prospect like Sheffield for a rental like Machado (who the Yankees could still sign in the offseason), but as the trade deadline nears, Cashman could become a bit more willing as the Yankees prepare for their push at the division title.