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Report: Yankees 'lukewarm' on signing Machado

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Manny Machado is expected to be one of the most sought-after players in free agency when the market opens later this week, but it appears the New York Yankees are only moderately interested in his services.

The Yankees' baseball operations and scouting departments spent most of last week plotting an offseason strategy, and now the team is "lukewarm" on pursuing the four-time All-Star, according to major-league sources who spoke to SNY's Andy Martino.

New York apparently wasn't impressed with Machado's antics during the postseason, which included questionable slides, sign stealing, a run-in with Jesus Aguilar of the Milwaukee Brewers, and what looked like a crotch shake.

Machado also admitted in an interview that hustling isn't his "cup of tea."

The Yankees need a shortstop because Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first half of next season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm in October. However, signing Machado will likely be costly.

The 26-year-old starred for the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018, finishing the season with 37 home runs and 107 RBIs while posting a .905 OPS.

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