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.
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.
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
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
The Astros were on the verge of acquiring relief pitcher Zach Britton from the Orioles at the trade deadline last year, but the deal fell through because of medical questions surrounding the prospects involved. Perhaps the two teams are ready to try again.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Astros remain interested in Britton heading into this year’s trade deadline. There were rumblings a year ago that the failed deal was more about Houston’s refusal to part ways with top prospects and less about failed physicals, but it’s possible those negotiations gave the Astros and O’s a good starting point.
Britton made his 2018 debut earlier this month after he missed time with a torn Achilles, and he has allowed just one hit and no runs in four appearances. He also missed much of last season with an arm injury, but he has been one of the best relievers in baseball over the past several years when healthy.
Some believe Orioles owner Peter Angelos discouraged his front office from trading Britton and other top players last season, but it sounds like his stance has changed with his team toting baseball’s worst record this year.
The Baltimore Orioles are going nowhere this year, and the quickest way they can stock up their farm system is by trading Manny Machado. In order for them to do that, ownership has to give upper management the green light.
Orioles owner Peter Angelos and his sons, John and Louis, have a history of nixing trades. Machado is by far the team’s best player, so there has been some talk that they will do the same with the star third baseman at the trade deadline. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, that is not expected to happen.
The biggest hurdle in a potential Manny Machado deal – the ownership hurdle – may be close to being cleared, according to those in the know. If so, the chances for a deal for the superstar infielder would be near 100 percent. Orioles ownership, which now includes Peter Angelos’ sons John and Louis, according to one team source will “probably” sign off on a deal after years of blocking deals (i.e. Zach Britton last year). Meanwhile, the derby is said to be heating up.
At 21-52, the Orioles have the worst record in baseball. Machado is only 25, but he is set to become a free agent this summer and will compete with Bryce Harper for the richest contract in MLB history. It makes more sense for Baltimore to hit the reset button at this point than to commit an unprecedented amount of money to one player.
The Baltimore Orioles could be a landing spot for free agent Hanley Ramirez.
According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the Orioles have discussed signing Ramirez, though their level of interest is not clear.
#Orioles have explored possibility of signing Hanley Ramirez, sources tell The Athletic. Level of interest unclear. Also unclear: How Hanley would fit on roster with C. Davis, Trumbo and Alvarez. Duquette signed Hanley originally for #RedSox.
As Rosenthal notes, it would be a move that doesn’t make a ton of sense on the surface. The Orioles are awash in first base/designated hitter types, which is where Ramirez would fit. Maybe they think they could get his bat going and flip him at the trade deadline without the salary obligations hanging around his neck.
Ramirez will probably find a job soon. After all, even the Red Sox were a bit surprised to find themselves letting him go.
The Orioles could wind up losing two of their best players in free agency this summer, but one of them just bought a very expensive home in Baltimore. That has to be a positive sign, right?
Cal Ripken Jr. recently sold his 25-acre estate in Reisterstown, Md., at an auction, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that longtime Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones is the one who bought it. Fans in Baltimore might think an O’s legend selling his house to Jones means Jones intends to stay in the area in 2019 and beyond, but sources told Rosenthal that is not the case.
Jones bought Ripken’s home at auction for a fraction of its original listing price of $12.5 million, according to sources. But the transaction, which is not yet final, will have no bearing on Jones’ future in Baltimore.
While Jones, 32, is a free agent at the end of the season, he bought the Ripken estate mainly as an investment, not because he is on the verge of signing with the Orioles long-term, sources said.
Jones, who is in the final year of a six-year, $85.5 million contract, also buys and sells homes for investment purposes in other cities.
Ripken’s estate was originally listed for $12.5 million in September 2016, and the last price seen was $9.75 million. Perhaps Jones determined that the investment was too good to pass up.
Jones is 32 and was hitting .259 as of Thursday, which would be the lowest mark of his 10-plus seasons with the Orioles. However, he has been one of the most consistent and durable players in baseball for several years now. Jones has hit 25 or more home runs and driven in over 100 runs in each of the past seven seasons, so he should be able to land a hefty contract next winter.
Since they are currently one of the worst teams in baseball, it would not be a surprise if the Orioles held a fire sale at the trade deadline. Manny Machado has already been linked to several other teams, and Baltimore is clearly in need of a total rebuild. Jones may not be on the roster come August.