KANSAS CITY, MO. – After the Yankees attempted to act for Manny Machado last July and then pursued him less passionately as a free agent during the off-season, they will pick him up on Monday when the Padres visit Yankee Stadium.
And even though Machado's former team-mate in Baltimore, Zack Britton, never felt Machado would accompany him with the Yankees when they were both on the open market last winter, the Reliever still believes that the third baseman has one "Perfect fit" in The Bronx would have been.
"I talked to him a lot during the [free-agent] process," Britton said Sunday before the Yankees ended their road trip with a 8: 7-10 defeat to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. "It was a long process and only in conversations with him, I do not think any of us thought it would work here, based on what he told me about the talks." I do not think Machado was not thriving with the Yankees.
"I thought he fit perfectly," Britton said. "He brings elite defense to third place, his power in the stadium would have played and he would have been good in the clubhouse, where there are other big names."
And while Machado visited the Yankees, along with the White Sox and Phillies, he ended his mega deal with San Diego over a period of 1
"It would have been nice to have him, but with the money and our high pay, I understand, Britton said.
Even as Miguel Andujar failed with a tattered labrum in the right shoulder for the season, the Yankees saw Gio Urshela succeed in third place on Sunday, but he has been outstanding on the defensive since taking on Andujar. And he has become a solid offensive player.
"You can not ask for more than what Urshela does," Britton said. "I do not know if someone could have given us more production so far. Manny is an elite in everything, but I can not imagine Urshela doing anything that could have gotten more from someone else. "
Nevertheless, there is a part of Britton wishing that Machado had landed in a more prominent place than the Padres, who are hunting at the NL wildcard race.
"He's the guy, if you put him on a big stage, especially if he wants to prove something, he's great," Britton said. "He's not here now, this kind of player should be on the big stage."
He will, however, be this week.
"It'll be good to see him," Britton said, "I hope so He does not do any harm to us. I know that he will turn his game on. "