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MLB scout has ruthless remark about how bad Orioles are

Buck Showalter

The Baltimore Orioles have been the worst team in baseball for basically the entirety of the 2018 season, and the product they are fielding is so bad one scout would rather risk his life than have to study it.

One MLB scout who spoke with ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick about the Orioles was not shy in expressing how little he enjoyed watching the 29-73 team recently.

It doesn’t get more insulting that that.

The Orioles have the worst record in baseball and have shown no signs of improvement. The only real excitement they have had recently is their dispute with the Boston Red Sox over a rainout, but the end of the season can’t come soon enough for Baltimore fans and players. Apparently scouts feel the same way.

Report: Teams have increasing interest in Zach Britton

Zach Britton

The Baltimore Orioles have already made the biggest trade of the MLB season by sending Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they may not be done dealing away their major assets.

Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said Wednesday that teams are showing an increased interest in Zach Britton as the relief pitcher continues to regain his velocity.

Britton ruptured his Achilles last December, and he is still trying to regain the form that made him one of the best closers in baseball for several seasons. The left-hander has looked very sharp in the month of July, recording three saves and a win in six appearances and lowering his ERA from 5.59 to 3.68.

There was some talk of the Orioles potentially including Britton to enhance their trade packages with Machado, but that turned out to not be necessary. Now that they have landed five prospects in exchange for Machado, they’d love to grab another one or two in a deal involving Britton.

Orioles modernizing team with sweeping changes

The Baltimore Orioles appear set to undergo sweeping philosophical changes as they embark on a rebuilding process.

On Wednesday, the Orioles announced their trade of Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending months of speculation surrounding the talented shortstop. After Machado declared his intention to test the free agent market following this season, Baltimore was faced with trading him or watching him walk away without getting anything in return for him. The Orioles opted for the former.

The trade of Machado signals the start of what will likely be a painful process for fans to endure: the dreaded rebuild. The Orioles have tried to put off going down this road as long as they could. Now, they seem to be embracing it.

During a conference call following the trade announcement, general manager Dan Duquette spoke of changes within the organization that will accompany the shift towards building for the future. The changes include investing in technology, analytics, scouting, and international free agency.

The Orioles have been criticized in the past for consistently turning their back on the international player market, which is an area many other teams have fully embraced for some time now. Ownership had felt those players were not worth an investment.

Baltimore went from 1998 through 2011 without a postseason appearance. Fans don’t want to go through that kind of drought again. Neither does the team. The Orioles clearly decided if they are going to make the rebuild process as efficient and successful as possible, changes to the philosophy within the organization are needed. That’s a good start.

Report: Orioles expected to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers

Manny Machado

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.

Report: Manny Machado has likely played last game with Orioles

Manny Machado

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.

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.

Report: Orioles want specific player from Yankees in potential Manny Machado trade

Manny Machado

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.

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.

Report: Orioles could enhance trade packages by adding Zach Britton

Zach Britton

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.

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.