​The first thought that came to mind when the New York Yankees signed second baseman ​DJ LeMahieu to a two-year deal was, "they are out of the ​Manny Machado sweepstakes."


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.

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.

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.