The Manny Machado sweepstakes are seemingly about to come to an end, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to come out on top.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Orioles will trade Machado to the Dodgers on Wednesday “barring a last minute snag.” However, it should be noted that the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers are said to still be in contact with the Orioles, so it sounds as if Baltimore is leaving open the possibility that one of those teams ups its offer at the last second.
There has seemingly been a ton of information leaked from the Orioles in an attempt to create a bidding war, but multiple reports have indicated the Dodgers are the frontrunners. Nightengale’s sources seem the most confident that the deal is on the verge of being finalized.
The Dodgers currently have their shortstop of the future in place in 24-year-old Corey Seager, but he is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. If L.A. wants to sign Machado to an extension, they’ll need to either convince him to move back to third or move Seager. While there have been indications that Machado wants to remain at shortstop, the Dodgers are apparently willing to take the risk of him only being a rental player.
The trade talks surrounding Manny Machado have been heating up in recent weeks, and all indications are that the Baltimore Orioles are close to making a deal. According to one report, that deal will be completed at some point during the All-Star break.
Jim Bowden of CBS Sports was told by sources that the 2018 MLB All-Star Game will likely be the last time Machado represents the Orioles.
Manny Machado will represent the #Orioles in the All Star Game….but he is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later in the week according to sources involved in the trade discussions.
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) July 16, 2018
The O’s gave us an indication that they are on the verge of completing a trade when they pulled Machado from Sunday’s game due to some concerns over field conditions.
We have already heard that two teams are the finalists to land Machado, but others are sure to make a final push to land the star shortstop. Teams have until July 31 to work out trades, but it sounds like Machado won’t be with the Orioles when that is upon us.
The New York Yankees are among the teams that are exploring the possibility of trading for Manny Machado as the July 31 deadline nears, but they may be unwilling to give up one of the players the Baltimore Orioles are hung up on.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Orioles want left-hander Justus Sheffield — the top pitching prospect in the Yankees organization — in any potential Machado deal.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 11, 2018
Of course, the Yankees could probably make it so Machado is not a rental. While they’re hesitant to go over the luxury tax, they obviously have the money to sign him to a long-term contract extension. Machado would have to agree to that before they would consider giving up their top pitching prospect.
One of the biggest potential obstacles for the Yankees is that they are set at shortstop with Didi Gregorius, and Machado has hinted that he is unwilling to change positions. That could stand in the way of him agreeing a long-term deal with New York, which would in turn affect how much they are willing to give up in a trade.
The Baltimore Orioles appear to be getting serious about trading their major assets ahead of the July 31 deadline.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Orioles are contemplating pairing reliever Zach Britton and shortstop Manny Machado together in trade talks in order to get a more comprehensive return in prospects.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 9, 2018
Britton is still finding his groove after rupturing his Achilles last December. He has a 5.06 ERA in 10.2 innings so far, but that hasn’t stopped teams from being interested in him thanks to his past accomplishments.
The one issue that the Orioles may run into is that Britton’s chief suitors may have no need for Machado. One division rival, for instance, might like Britton but don’t have a hole at shortstop, which could hinder this well-intentioned idea.
The Baltimore Orioles are almost certainly going to trade Manny Machado before the July 31 deadline, but it sounds as though their expectations for what they are going to get in return may need to be tempered.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Orioles have yet to find a team that is willing to come close to meeting their asking price in a potential Machado trade.
I keep hearing that teams aren't close to offering what the #Orioles want for Manny Machado. He's an amazing player, but he's still a rental, and Baltimore's expectations just don't jibe with the way the market values rental players these days. Something has to give.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 6, 2018
While Machado is an incredible talent who only turned 25 on Friday, he is set to become a free agent after the season. Without an agreement in place for a long-term extension, teams will be hesitant to give up several top prospects for a player who could end up being a two-month rental.
Machado isn’t making life easy for the Orioles with the public comments he has made about a potential trade, but it’s not as if Baltimore can pretend they don’t want to deal him. While the O’s reportedly want to move Machado as quickly as possible, they may have to wait until closer to the deadline, when teams may feel a stronger sense of urgency to land the star third baseman.
The Orioles have seemingly come to terms with the fact that they cannot keep Manny Machado, and they may be kicking things into overdrive to find a potential trade suitor for the star third baseman.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles “want to act sooner rather than later” to trade Machado. While it is common for teams to wait until the July 31 trade deadline to deal star players, the O’s believe they will get a greater return for Machado while he has closer to three months of control remaining than two.
Sources told Rosenthal trade talks surrounding Machado have “accelerated” in recent days, but any tentative agreement that executive vice-president of baseball operations Dan Duquette reaches will also have to be approved by Brady Anderson, Baltimore’s VP of baseball operations. That could slow the process down a bit.
As for interested teams, Rosenthal mentions the Phillies — who will get a closer look at Machado when the Orioles visit Philadelphia on Tuesday and Wednesday — in addition to the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Brewers and Indians. One obstacle Baltimore will have to overcome is that Machado may only be interested in signing a long-term extension with one team, which would greatly diminish his trade value.
The Baltimore Orioles paid tribute to the individuals who lost their lives in a tragic shooting at a newspaper office.
On Thursday, five people lost their lives when a gunman opened fire in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette, a daily newspaper published in Annapolis, Maryland. On Friday, the Orioles had a pregame moment of silence and made a memorial in their press box.
The Capital Gazette (@CapGazNews) seat in our press box.
We will pause for a pregame moment of silence in honor of the victims as we extend our heartfelt support to the many family members, colleagues, and friends who are grieving this unimaginable loss. pic.twitter.com/uRGgrQ5oEE
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) June 29, 2018
Tonight, we pause for a reflective moment of silence in honor of each of the Capital Gazette newsroom victims who lost their lives yesterday in another senseless act of gun violence: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters. pic.twitter.com/v54BX5qRMj
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) June 29, 2018
John McNamara was a sports writer for the newspaper for more than 20 years and was a familiar face at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.