It seems crazy, the concept of the Yankees trading their top prospects for Manny Machado when they can simply sign him outright as a free agent in the 2019 offseason. Then again, Giancarlo Stanton to the Bombers for almost nothing seemed crazy too – until the stars aligned and it actually happened.

An ESPN report said Tuesday that the Yankees had expressed interest in the Orioles’ superstar third baseman, who appears to be available on the trade market. Machado, 24, has averaged 35 homers, 92 RBI and an .840 OPS over the last three seasons.

It certainly makes sense that Baltimore, worried about losing Machado for nothing a year from now, would reach out to the Yankees and 29 other teams trying to find the best possible match. And the Bombers’ deep farm system — highlighted by MLB.com’s No. 1 overall prospect in all of baseball, Gleyber Torres — makes them an obvious candidate to talk to.

But you wonder how many teams would feel confident enough that they could re-sign Machado to a long-term deal to surrender a ton for a player who could leave for another team next year (the White Sox, Phillies and Cardinals have been connected with Machado).