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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Report: Orioles have no problem trading Manny Machado within division

Manny Machado

There has been some speculation that the Baltimore Orioles will limit the trade market for Manny Machado by refusing to trade him to a fellow team in the AL East division, but that is apparently not the case.

Jim Bowden of CBS Sports reported on Thursday that the Orioles currently have two trade offers on the table for Machado that they are interested in, and both are from National League teams. However, they would not be opposed to trading the star shortstop to a rival team like the New York Yankees if the offer is right.

“The Angelos sons have made it very clear that if they want to trade him in the division, they have no problem with it,” Bowden said. “They want the best return possible. That’s why the Yankees are scary.”

Orioles owner Peter Angelos has been hesitant to trade star players in the past, and there were some reports earlier this season that he would not be willing to do a deal with the Yankees. Now that his sons John and Louis are also involved in making decisions for the franchise, it’s possible that stance has changed.

For what it’s worth, the Orioles are said to want one specific player in return if they trade Machado to New York, and Bowden reports that the Yankees are not willing to include that player.

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