Manny Machado 'likes' image of himself wearing Yankee uniform on Instagram as Bombers reportedly make offer for Orioles slugger

BALTIMORE – The Manny Machado race is in full swing - and apparently No. 13 thinks he’d look good in a Yankee uniform.

On Wednesday, Machado “liked” an Instagram post from his verified account - “machados13” - that showed him wearing the Yankees’ gray road uniform.

Yeah, that actually happened.

The Bombers reportedly made what was described as a “serious offer” for the Orioles superstar shortstop, per baseball reporter Jon Heyman, though it smartly did not include the team’s top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, according to MASN.

The Orioles asked for Sheffield and Estevan Florial, and have been interested in Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier, according to sources. But the Daily News reported that the Yankees aren’t interested in giving up any of their top prospects for what could be a two-plus month rental.

If Brian Cashman can pull off another steal, like he did for Giancarlo Stanton in the offseason, sacrificing lesser prospects in exchange for Machado, it would be impressive. A package could perhaps be built around the likes of pitching prospect Chance Adams and MLB-experienced infielder Brandon Drury, among others.

Machado, who can be a free agent at season’s end, is highly coveted. The 26-year-old shortstop has 23 homers, 63 RBI and a .957 OPS.

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BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 09: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles slides into home plate to score his first career run in the fifth inning of his major league debut against the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 9, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 09: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles warms up before his major league debut against the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 9, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 10: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles cleans up after getting a shaving cream pie after a 7-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Machado hit the first two home runs of his career in the game. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles in action against the New York Yankees during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 10, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 21: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles watches the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 21, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 12: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles plays third base during the game against the Minnesota Twins on May 12, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 10: Third baseman Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 10, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 9: Third baseman Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 9, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Texas Rangers won, 8-4. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 02: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles looks on against the Minnesota Twins on May 2, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Orioles defeated the Twins 3-0. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
June 11 2014: Third baseman Manny Machado (13) of the Baltimore Orioles swings and misses during a MLB game against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland (Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 9, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Orioles defeated the Yankees 6-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 21, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Oct 1, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) rounds the bases on his solo home run during the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop (6), first baseman Chris Davis (19) and third baseman Manny Machado (13) celebrate their win over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) reaches for a base hit in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) hits a two-run single in the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 28, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) reacts in the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 1, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) catches a line drive to record the final out to beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) is congratulated by outfielder Adam Jones (10) after hitting a game tying two run home run in the 7th inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) watches his game tying two run home run in the 7th inning against the New York Yankees enter the stands at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
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It would be surprising if he ends up in pinstripes by the July 31 trade deadline, however, mostly because Orioles owner Peter Angelos loathes the Yankees. But it could happen if the Yankees make the best offer, better than the likes of Milwaukee, the Dodgers and Philadelphia.

Machado hitting between Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton would make Murderers’ Row 2.0 even more lethal than it already is. He grew up idolizing ex-Yankee Alex Rodriguez, and wears No. 13 because of A-Rod.

Machado has said he’ll only play shortstop for a contender - perhaps complicating matters - but A-Rod switched positions to play next to Derek Jeter, so maybe Machado will follow suit and go back to third.

That would allow Didi Gregorius, the better defender of the two, to remain at short, with Machado serving as an elite defender at the hot corner. Andujar, who has been terrific since being promoted, would likely need to go back to the minors or play some first base.

But Greg Bird has posted back-to-back four RBI games, an encouraging sign given how slowly he started coming back from right ankle surgery.

Bird belted his first-career grand slam in the Yankees’ 9-0 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

“All I can say is I know we’ll be active in trying to better our club,” Aaron Boone said before the game. “Whether that comes to fruition, it takes two parties to tango, so I know Brian (Cashman) is working overtime and exhausting every option. And if it makes sense for us not only in the short-term but the long-term I’m sure it’s something that we’ll potentially do. But I don’t think anything is for sure.”

The Yankees still need starting pitching more than anything – even after maligned starter Sonny Gray delivered six shutout innings against a terrible offensive team he usually pitches well against. Gray has a 2.00 ERA in three starts against the Orioles and a 7.59 ERA against .500-plus teams this season.

The Bombers have been interested in J.A. Happ, a No. 3-4 starter who may be the best available, given that difference-making ace-types like Jacob deGrom don’t figure to be traded to the Bronx, if at all.

That could make Sheffield, the 22-year-old lefty who has been pitching well of late at Triple-A Scranton, a key factor if he is promoted. Scouts say he’s big-league ready and has plus-stuff, even if the Yankees don’t feel that way just yet.

The Bombers have also shown interest in Baltimore closer Zach Britton and starter Kevin Gausman.

After splitting with the lowly Orioles, the Yankees are headed to Cleveland for a four-game series with the Indians before the All-Star break. Thursday night’s game will be a marquee matchup, Luis Severino versus Corey Kluber.

“I’m looking forward to Sevvy,” Boone said. “I don’t know about Kluber.”

The Yankees are 16-6 against teams currently in AL playoff position, but just 9-9 against all last-place clubs they’ve faced, according to YES Network research.

“Our guys I feel like have been really competitive against the best, and I think that’s a good trait that our guys have,” Boone said. “I think they relish the challenge of facing the best, and when you’re facing Kluber, that’s the case, so hopefully we can scratch some runs together for Sevvy.”

That game, though, may be overshadowed by Manny Machado and his apparent desire to wear pinstripes.

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