Nightengale speculates the Yankees could have been the team that ended up landing Manny Machado had they moved Andujar. In an ironic twist of fate, the Padres ended up signing the four-time All-Star to a record-breaking 10-year, $300-million deal.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Friday his team's interest in Machado ultimately cooled because of Troy Tulowitzki's impressive workout, the club's belief in Andujar, and the 2017 addition of Giancarlo Stanton, according to David Lennon of Newsday.
New York reportedly never made a formal offer to Machado despite being linked to him for most of the winter and hosting him at Yankee Stadium during his free-agent tour in December.
Instead of adding the 26-year-old superstar, the Yankees decided to keep Andujar - the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year runner-up - and added Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu to shore up the infield while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery.