MLB: Judge's recruiting talk with Machado inappropriate

Manny Machado is still a year away from free agency, but that hasn't stopped Aaron Judge from trying to recruit the star Baltimore Orioles shortstop to join him with the New York Yankees.

Judge and Machado spoke before their teams played a spring exhibition Wednesday. During the conversation, Judge couldn't help but sneak in a quick pitch for Machado to join him and Giancarlo Stanton in the Bronx.

"We talked a little bit, and I just asked him how his offseason was, how everything was going," Judge added. "I asked him how he liked (shortstop) and said you'd look pretty good in pinstripes, too."

How did Machado react?

"He just kind of laughed it off and didn't really say much," Judge said.

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While Machado appears to have shrugged the comments off, Major League Baseball took notice. The league released a statement Wednesday addressing what Judge said.

"We have been in contact with the Yankees. They communicated to us that Mr. Judge's off the cuff comments were not appropriate and not authorized by the club," MLB wrote in its statement. "They will speak to him to make sure that this does not happen again."

Judge also joked that he told Stanton at last year's All-Star Game in Miami that he would look good in pinstripes.

Machado is expected to be one of the top free agents in a potentially loaded class next offseason. Prior to acquiring Stanton, the Yankees were often linked to Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the crown jewel of the class, but now having two corner outfielders in Judge and Stanton has turned Machado into the ideal target for New York.

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Giancarlo Stanton

Former team: Miami Dolphins
2018 team: New York Yankees

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J.D. Martinez

Former team: Arizona Diamondbacks
2018 team: Boston Red Sox

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Marcell Ozuna

Former team: Miami Marlins
2018 team: St. Louis Cardinals

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Ichiro Suzuki

Former team: Miami Marlins
2018 team: Seattle Mariners

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Jake Arrieta

Former team: Chicago Cubs
2018 team: Philadelphia Phillies

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Neil Walker

Former team: Milwaukee Brewers
2018 team: New York Yankees

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Evan Longoria

Former team: Tampa Bay Rays
2018 team: San Francisco Giants

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Tim Lincecum

Former team: Los Angeles Angels (2016)
2018 team: Texas Rangers

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Eric Hosmer

Former team: Kansas City Royals
2018 team: San Diego Padres

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Yu Darvish

Former team: Los Angeles Dodgers
2018 team: Chicago Cubs

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Gerrit Cole

Former team: Pittsburgh Pirates
2018 team: Houston Astros

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Lorenzo Cain

Former team: Kansas City Royals
2018 team: Milwaukee Brewers

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Carlos Santana

Former team: Cleveland Indians
2018 team: Philadelphia Phillies

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Wade Davis

Former team: Chicago Cubs
2018 team: Colorado Rockies

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Andrew McCutchen

Former team: Pittsburgh Pirates
2018 team: San Francisco Giants

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Zack Cozart

Former team: Cincinnati Reds
2018 team: Los Angeles Angels

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Mike Minor

Former team: Kansas City Royals
2018 team: Texas Rangers

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Lucas Duda

Former team: Tampa Bay Rays
2018 Team: Kansas City Royals

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Bryan Shaw

Former team: Cleveland Indians
2018 team: Colorado Rockies

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Tommy Hunter

Former team: Tampa Bay Rays
2018 team: Philadelphia Phillies

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Matt Kemp

Former team: Atlanta Braves
2018 team: Los Angeles Dodgers

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Todd Frazier

Former team: New York Yankees
2018 team: New York Mets

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Addison Reed

Former team: Boston Red Sox
2018 team: Minnesota Twins

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Jay Bruce

Former team: Cleveland Indians
2018 team: New York Mets

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Brandon Morrow

Former team: Los Angeles Dodgers
2018 team: Chicago Cubs

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Steven Souza Jr.

Former team: Tampa Bay Rays
2018 team: Arizona Diamondbacks

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Jake Odorizzi

Former team: Tampa Bay Rays
2018 team: Minnesota Twins

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Dee Gordon

Former team: Miami Marlins
2018 team: Seattle Mariners

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Yangervis Solarte

Former team: San Diego Padres
2018 team: Toronto Blue Jays

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Joakim Soria

Former team: Kansas City Royals
2018 team: Chicago White Sox

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Yonder Alonso

Former team: Seattle Mariners
2018 team: Cleveland Indians

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Denard Span

Former team: San Francisco Giants
2018 team: Tampa Bay Rays

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Freddy Galvis

Former team: Philadelphia Phillies
2018 team: San Diego Padres

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Jason Vargas

Former team: Kansas City Royals
2018 team: New York Mets

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Tyler Chatwood

Former team: Colorado Rockies
2018 team: Chicago Cubs

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Aledmys Diaz

Former team: St. Louis Cardinals
2018 team: Toronto Blue Jays

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Brandon McCarthy

Former team: Los Angeles Dodgers
2018 team: Atlanta Braves

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Stephen Piscotty

Former team: St. Louis Cardinals
2018 team: Oakland Athletics

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Matt Moore

Former team: San Francisco Giants
2018 team: Texas Rangers

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Andrew Cashner

Former team: Texas Rangers
2018 team: Baltimore Orioles

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Machado is moving back to shortstop for the Orioles this season after several years playing third base. The 25-year-old would most logically fit on the Yankees at the hot corner, with Didi Gregorius occupying shortstop, but Machado won't come cheap after three top-10 MVP finishes and All-Star selections in the past five years.

With Machado, the Yankees could build a juggernaut offense, which Judge took note of.

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MIAMI, FL - JULY 10: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Marlins Park on July 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Outfielders Aaron Judge #99 (L) and Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees celebrate after the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 20, 2016 in Anaheim, California. The Yankees won 5-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees congratulates teammate Greg Bird #33 after Bird drove them both in with a home run in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 16, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Apr 12, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated by Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka (38) and Yankees first baseman Chris Carter (48) after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: The 5' 10' Ronald Torreyes #17 stands next to the 6' 7' Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees for the national anthem before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Aaron Judge #99, Ronald Torreyes #74 and Dellin Betances #68 of the New York Yankees stand during the national anthem before their Opening Day game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on April 10, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Rays 8-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: Brett Gardner #11, Jacoby Ellsbury #22, Aaron Judge #99 and Matt Holliday #17 of the New York Yankees looks on during the National Anthem before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 26, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Starlin Castro #14 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrate the 9-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on April 16, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
May 21, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after he made a diving catch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a two run home run to right center during the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 30: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees is greeted in the dugout after scoring during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 30, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Brett Gardner #11leaps high to celebrate his home run with teammate Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees during an MLB baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on April 29, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees won 12-4. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Starlin Castro #14 of the New York Yankees celebrates his second inning three run home run against the Baltimore Orioles with teammates Aaron Judge #99 and Matt Holliday #17 at Yankee Stadium on June 10, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Apr 19, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrates his solo home run against the Chicago White Sox with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 27: Aaron Judge #99, Starlin Castro #14 and Ronald Torreyes #74 of the New York Yankees high five each other after their victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 27, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees in action against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on June 10, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 16-3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates his 2nd home run of the game in the seventh inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 24, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees is congratulated by teammate Gary Sanchez #24 after hitting a solo homerun in the bottom of the first inning against the Minnesota Twins on September 18, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo By Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees watches a sacrifice fly against the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium on September 19, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER-14: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees follows through watching his second home run of the game in the 6th inning of an MLB baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on September 14, 2017 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees won 13-5. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees watches his team bat from the dugout during an MLB baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 12, 2017 at CitiField in the Queens borough of New York City. This game was scheduled to be played in Tampa Bay, but had to be moved to play in a neutral stadium because of hurricane damage in Florida. Rays won 2-1. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 09: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers stands at first base with Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees during a game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 9, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 09: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees bats against the Texas Rangers in a game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 9, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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"Adding him to our lineup that we already got would be something special," he said.

"He's one heck of a player, and he's been doing it for quite a few years at the best level," Judge added. "He's one of the best -- if not the best -- defensive third basemen in the game, and now he's probably going to be one of the best defensive shortstops. With what he brings on the offensive side of it, he's the complete package. He's going to be a happy man when it comes to free agency and picking where he wants to go."

--Field Level Media

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