That's a pretty rational conclusion and very well may be the case. However, if you think about it, this signing could also mean that AL Rookie of the Year Miguel Andujar is going to be the one traded so they can sign Machado.
It would be foolish to ever count out the New York Yankees on a player of Manny Machado's caliber. But if they are indeed planning on bringing Machado into the fold, they're going to need to move an infielder, because LeMahieu, Gregorius, Torres, Tulowitzki and Andujar is a glut.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 11, 2019
There's no denying that if the Yankees are still looking at Machado -- because you can never truly count the Yankees out of any big free agent -- they have to trade an infielder. So when you go down the list, the only player that makes any sense is Andujar.
It's already been reported that they aren't sold on his defense, even though he's still young and could develop into a league average defender at the hot corner. On top of that, there have been trade rumors surrounding Andujar this winter, namely with the San Diego Padres.
Could be wrong but don't think getting DJ LeMahieu ends the Yankees' interest in Manny Machado. For them, signing Machado would be about more than where the pieces fit in 2019. They don't seem sold on Andujar defensively at 3B. Didi a free agent after season.— Corey Seidman (@CSeidmanNBCS) January 11, 2019
Diving into this more, the Padres are also interested in Yankees right-hander Sonny Gray, who GM Brian Cashman has already made it known he's looking to deal. Packaging Andujar and Gray together and sending them to the Padres (who have the top farm system in the sport) for top pitching prospects or other young talent could be the route they take.
If they make a deal like that and sign Machado to play the left side of the infield, Yankee fans would be thrilled. Not only would they continue to stockpile talent for the future, but they get a win-now player in Machado.
That's a win-win.