Manny Machado had just slipped in multiple layers before donning the Orioles' uniform on Thursday when he noticed that a sizeable crowd had gathered behind him in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium.
After verifying that the journalists were just waiting for him, the infielder All-Star turned around and coldly showed a sly smile.
"Yes, I can give you some quotes," he joked.
Machado, 25, one of the expected 2018 free agent awards, knew how to wait so long in his first appearance in the Bronx this season, especially after Yankees star Aaron Judge had told him , and the media, which provoked a reprimand from MLB, which "would look good with striped fabrics". "before a spring training game in March
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My greatest achievement – in regards to the Yankees, anyway – of the four minutes Machado spent mainly dancing around questions before Thursday's chi Lly series opener was that he expected to play shortstop with any team he signed as a free agent.
Keeping him happy is partly why the Orioles he was granted his wish to return to his original position this year after spending most of the previous six at third base.
"I made the commitment to go to the short film, so I think we keep going. I would like to stay there, "said Machado. This is not just a move, as you like to say, for reasons of money.
"I'm going to get mine, everybody's going to get there, that's where my heart is, where my heart has always been, it's where I want to be."
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That will undoubtedly be his prerogative where Machado decides to spend the heart of his game being prepared as part of a free class of loaded agents next winter, which could also potentially include Bryce Harper and Dodgers as Clayton Kershaw.
Still, what would that mean for Rasta shortstop starter Didi Gregorius, which continues to emerge as the best commercial acquisition of manager Brian Cashman's 20-year tenure at the top of the office since it was acquired with the daunting task of replacing Derek Jeter in 2015.
Gregorius, 28, is already taking advantage of last year's 25 home runs with a day of 8 RBIs in Tuesday's opening game, and he has one left year more than arbitration before you also have to re-sign to obtain a lucrative extension.
Clearly, having two important players who want to occupy the same position has not prevented the Yankees from looking for the biggest available names in the market, specifically convincing Alex Rodriguez will switch to third base for the presence of Jeter in 2004 and the successful incorporation of Giancarlo Stanton last year.
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Machado tells in particular A-Rod, now Cashman's advisor and owner Hal Steinbrenner, as an idol of childhood and current confidant. Either he or Gregorius would still have to change position, and it does not sound like Machado expected him to be.
"I've been coming here for seven years, you know?" Machado said when asked if he liked to play in the Bronx. "I like to come here and play baseball, who does not, who does not like to play baseball, come here, win a couple of games and get in a good situation, so we'll see where it goes."  As Judge pointed out last month, Machado, with an average of 35 homers and 92 RBIs in the previous three seasons, would certainly "look good" in the middle of this already loaded Yanks lineup, which received its first test on Wednesday of Stanton, Judge and Gary Sanchez deepening and forcing the vocal cords of John Sterling in the same game.
"It's just a disproportionate situation, like the New York media," Machado said of Judge's appointments since March 15. "He's a great kid, he meant well, it's just a talk you get into, like everyone else messes up, he's disproportionate."
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Of course, the Judge was not wrong in his exploration evaluation, nor Machado has ruled out logging in with the Bombers. Then this story will not disappear until your decisions are made.
"My future looks pretty good," said Machado. "I just have to go out and stay healthy and play baseball, there's nothing, I just have to put numbers and try to win games for my team, be the best person that can be on the field, do everything possible." as a baseball player to contribute to the ball club and take his team to the postseason. "
The Yankees have done everything they can to make more splashes next winter, trimming their payroll loosely below the luxury tax threshold $ 198 million to restore the tax burden for the coming seasons.
And they have been and will continue to be related to trade rumors about Machado, despite advancing this year with the acquisition of Brandon Drury spring training at third base. , with rookie Miguel Andujar winning his first start there on Thursday night.
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"Those are things we can not control. I can control how I work and what I have to do to prepare myself for a season, "Machad said of being linked to the Yankees." What happened in the off-season was beyond my control. I prepared for this year, I did everything I could to prepare myself. Now, just go ahead and see what happens. "
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