Aaron Boone: ‘Never say never’ on Bryce Harper, Manny Machado
The New York Yankees have made a handful of solid moves this offseason to bring in more talent, but by all appearances have not been overly aggressive in pursuing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, without question the biggest prizes on the free-agency market.
According to Aaron Boone, that’s fine by him. The Yankees skipper stated Tuesday that while anything could happen, he believes the team is good to go with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training next week, saying, “In a lot of ways, we’re a complete team right now.”
“I think our team is pretty much set,” Boone told reporters at the Thurman Munson Awards Dinner, where he was being honored, via NJ.com. “Obviously, things happen that force Brian and his staff to pivot on certain things but I think it’s safe to assume that we’re going to spring training with the team we expect to have.”
Harper and Machado of course remain available — an arguably baffling development which to some is emblematic of a real problem plaguing Major League Baseball — so it’s conceivable the Yankees could make a last mad dash at signing one of the two superstar sluggers.
While Boone made it clear he’s content with the roster as its currently set, he would not rule out Yankees general manager Brian Cashman making a big splash by signing either Machado or Harper.
“That’s a question for Brian,” Boone said. “You never say never with anything, but I would also say that we’re anticipating that we have a great team right now and we feel like we have a complete team that’s ready to go compete for a championship.”
It was believed as recently as last week that the Yankees have never even extended a formal offer to Machado. On the Harper front, the Yankees have been remarkably silent, despite the longstanding belief the team would make a serious run at him.
Something certainly involving Machado or Harper and the Yankees could come out of nowhere in the coming days, but the way Boone sees it, the team boasts a championship-caliber squad without them.