Yankees Need Starting Pitcher, Not Machado

New York is already a strong offensive team, Red Sox writer Pete Abraham said, but another arm would go a long way

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
July 12, 2018 - 10:46 am
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Boston Globe Red Sox writer Pete Abraham joined CBS Sports Radio to discuss the Red Sox, the Yankees, and Manny Machado, among other topics.

Abraham has covered baseball for many years and has seen the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry go through many transformations. The Yankees are known for adding high-profile free agents, so Abraham isn’t surprised they're pursuing Orioles star Manny Machado.

"Obviously I don't see the Yankees every day like I used to,” he said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “In watching them against the Red Sox – I think it's been nine games now – to me, they seem like a team that needs a starting pitcher, not another infielder. Machado is a tremendous player – he’s one of the best five or six players in the game right now – but he's very adamant about wanting to play shortstop. The Yankees have a pretty darn good shortstop in Didi Gregorius and I think it would be asking a lot to tell your shortstop 60 percent of the way through the season, 'Hey, we need you to go play somewhere else.’"

Depending on where Machado lands, Abraham wondered what the 26-year-old’s top priority would be.

“To what degree is he going to be committed to winning the World Series and to what degree is he committed to improving his own stock as a free agent?” Abraham asked.

The Yankees (60-31) trail the Red Sox (65-29) by 3.5 games in the AL East entering play July 12.

"If they're not as good as the Red Sox, they're a couple swings away from being as good,” Abraham said. “But if they went out and got another starting pitcher, that, to me, would scare the Red Sox more than Manny Machado."