Manny Machado may not be giving his preference in where he wants the Orioles to trade him, but his nephew does.
During an interview with MLB Network at the Home Run Derby in Washington D.C., analyst Pedro Martinez asked Machado's nephew, J.J., where he wants to see his uncle play when the trade frenzy settles around MLB's biggest trade chip.
After a quick glance to the sky in thought, he blurted out his answer.
"Yankees," J.J. said with a smile.
Another analyst in Al Leiter looked at J.J., and said "I like that answer" given his ties to the team during his professional career. Machado "liked" the idea on Instagram as well.
Though his nephew may want to see him in pinstripes, Machado's chances to the Bronx look slim at the moment. The Orioles are reportedly "very close" to a deal and the Dodgers seem to be the favorite, according to FanCred Sports' Jon Heyman.
The Yankees don't necessarily need Machado, especially with his desire to play shortstop and Didi Gregorius currently in that position. Instead, starting pitching is a necessity for the Bombers, and GM Brian Cashman has been on the hunt for another rotation piece by the July 31 deadline.
Machado will still represent the Orioles in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, but some believe that will be the last time he dons the Orioles black and orange jersey. He has already bonded with some Yankees at the All-Star festivities.
Where he goes after that is still a mystery. J.J. still has hope it's to the Bronx.