It appears the New York Yankees are not done with the idea of adding superstar third baseman Manny Machado to their already loaded lineup.
According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the two teams have been in contact this week, although the prospects of a trade remain unlikely.
Orioles owner Peter Angelos has been reluctant to deal Machado despite the third baseman being set to hit free agency next winter.
Baltimore has reportedly been asking for two Major League ready pitchers in return for Machado but hasn't been blown away by any offers yet from interested teams that also include the Cardinals, Cubs, D-backs, Phillies, Red Sox and White Sox.
However, the Yankees remain a good fit as they have a bevy of top young players at or close to the Majors, including outfielder Clint Frazier and MLB Pipeline top 10 prospects Chance Adams (No. 2), Justus Sheffield (No. 4) and Miguel Andujar (No. 5). The club also has room to take on Machado's salary and stay under the luxury tax.
According to Heyman, the Yankees view themselves as having a decent chance to sign Machado to an long-term deal whether after a trade or in free agency. Playing in a big market like New York is a big selling point.
Without Machado, the Yankees are currently considering starting Andujar at the hot corner but could turn to free agency. While a one-year contract is unlikely to appeal to former Royal Mike Moustakas, former Yankee Todd Frazier could be interested in a short-term deal if the market continues to be slow to develop.