At the beginning of the Manny Machado sweepstakes, the New York Yankees were automatically one of the favorites to sign him and it's not that hard to understand why,

It's the Yankees and they are always in on the top free agents, and it was reported that's where Machado wanted to play. However, even though they ​had a meeting with him, the Yankees reportedly never made an official offer to Manny.

In the end, Machado signed a mega ​10-year deal worth $300 million with the ​San Diego Padres, which immediately changes the direction of their franchise.

It's unusual for the Yankees to not go after the big fish on the free agent market. Instead, GM Brian Cashman signed a host of other players, including Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu, to fill the void on their infield left by the injured Didi Gregorius, while also addressing their pitching needs via trade.

So, when you consider how much it cost the Padres and the fact they did address their needs and added depth, it's hard to make the argument that the Yankees blew it by not signing Machado. 

Cashman had a more measured approach to the offseason, and with what he's added up and down the roster, the Yankees are one of the true winners this winter. New York has the pieces in place on the infield to make another run, including youngsters like Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, and a Tulowitzki-LeMahieu duo is more than serviceable until Gregorius comes back.

It's weird that the Yankees didn't make a seismic offer for a superstar in his prime, but that's okay. This roster was loaded already with young players, and they didn't need Machado, especially at that price tag. 

This is a win for the Yankees.