The New York Yankees will have a chance to “wow” prized free agent Manny Machado on Wednesday; cue the big-screen display and New York treatment all the way to the best steak in the city. Machado will be treated like a king, similar to Patrick Corbin but with that extra year included in the terms.
The two-time Golden Glove award winner has attracted interest from several other teams including the Phillies and White Sox. Chicago will get the first crack at signing the big-bat, but the Yankees will have their fair shot nonetheless.
My primary concern is: What is the New York Yankees’ backup plan?
Heading into the meeting, the Yankees might be looking to supplant Didi Gregorious for the time being while he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Machado’s natural position is short-stop which bodes well for the utilization of his pure talents.
But, if Machado slips away, who will the Yankees look to as a backup plan?
The 29-year-old infielder would be the starting shortstop until Gregorious’ return given the Yankees don’t sign Manny. Galvis enjoyed a .248 batting average in 2018, recording 13 home-runs and an impressive 149 hits. While he wouldn’t be replicating the season Didi had last year — 27 homers and .268 batting average — Galvis would get the job done for the time being.
Galvis signed a one-year, $6.825 million contract last year, so he certainly wouldn’t be breaking the bank for the Yankees. He’s a solid player to have on reserve in case his services are needed – he can also play a rotational role to keep the starters rested. Often times depth can be the hidden key to success down the stretch.