Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
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MLB Trade Deadline: Orioles Parting Ways With Machado

MLB Trade Deadline: Orioles Parting Ways With Machado

For Baltimore, that player to send away is Manny Machado.

As the calendar draws nearer to Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline, the more rumors and speculation swirl around Baltimore Orioles star shortstop Manny Machado.

Yes, it would be painful and kind of awkward for fans to see Machado in pinstripes, but that won't matter if the Yankees end up sending players to the Orioles that help rebuild the team into a contender years from now. The two-time Gold Glove victor was recently named to his fourth All-Star Game as he's batting.309 with 21 home runs and 60 RBI in his first 90 games this season. As Rosenthal notes, the Yankees could make the Orioles a stronger offer than the other teams that have been rumored to be looking at Machado. Dan Duquette, the Orioles' vice-president of baseball operations, indicated he would consider dealing Machado to teams in the division last season, according to Rosenthal. I'm trying to go out there and have fun.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers remain the most likely landing spots for Machado in a trade, but Rosenthal acknowledges that the Yanks have the prospects to outbid those teams in a trade if they wanted to pull the trigger. He encouraged them to "keep rooting for us, keep rooting for me, keep their heads up high". "You can tell that he was on a little mission to be consistent all year this year and I think this is consistent with that".

A trade before the All-Star Game could leave the Orioles without an All-Star Game representative in a year the event is just down the road in Washington. I know that sounds contradictory to everything I've said before now, but $16 million (which is how much it would cost to take on his current contract) is a lot to pay for someone for half a season, and then if he leaves in free agency, you don't get anything for him to "reimburse yourself". That said, teams aren't going to be willing to pay what the Orioles were asking for over winter. Those are just things that I'm just going to have to deal with it when it comes and just try to enjoy the moment when I get there.

"For me to that jersey on, it will be like the first time that I was selected for the All-Star Game".

The shortstop has also not been 100% clear of incidents on the field. Machado insisted he was a shortstop Monday night. I started one at third, now I'm starting one at short. It's just made us better and brought us closer together. Defensively, his.978 fielding percentage is seventh among AL shortstops, while his minus-18 runs saved ranks last.

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