The Baltimore Orioles are expected to have a busy month leading into the July 31 trade deadline. Their main item of business? Finding the best possible deal in exchange for shortstop and impending free agent Manny Machado. Predictably, the Orioles have already drummed up a bidding war for their franchise player — a busy one, too. According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the O’s have thus far received offers from seven teams. Here’s more from Encina: The Orioles have received offers from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs, and the offers rank in that order of appeal, according… Continue Reading By CBS Sports
As has been known for quite some time, Orioles shortstop Manny Machado is on the verge of free agency once the 2018 season wraps up. Given his elite status — both as a defender and a perennial .250+ average, 30+ home run hitter — it makes sense that the club would try to flip him at the trade deadline for whatever prospects they can get their hands on, rather than simply letting him walk away once his contract expires. The latest report from Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun claims that the Orioles are considering seven different offers from the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Indians and Cubs, with a few other teams rumored to be interested as well. Read More By Ashley Varela
The clock is ticking on a Manny Machado trade, but it looks like the hot stove surrounding the star shortstop only is lukewarm at best. It’s been widely expected that the Baltimore Orioles will trade Machado by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline to avoid losing him for nothing in free agency this winter. But while there reportedly has been a heap of interest around the league, none of the trade talks reportedly are gaining much traction. It’s tough to blame teams that are hesitant to go for broke to land Machado. Without an assurance that he’d be interested in re-signing in the offseason, a ballclub effectively would be ravaging its farm system for a player who will be with the team for three… Continue Reading, New England Sports Network
The Orioles could conceivably be left without a representative in an All-Star Game being played just 40 miles away from downtown Baltimore.
Major League Baseball would have to cross that bridge if it occurs, and it is possible that the Orioles move Machado before the game. The team is fielding offers from seven teams, several of whom would like to acquire the three-time All-Star sooner than later because they are entrenched in close playoff races.But there is no precedent for a fan-elected starter to be traded before the All-Star Game. Machado leads all American League shortstops in fan voting, and provided he holds off the Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa, he will be elected the AL’s starting shortstop.
If Machado was traded to a National League team before the All-Star Game, he could be ineligible to play. That’s what happened to right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who was named an NL All-Star as a member of the Chicago Cubs in 2014 but was traded to the Oakland Athletics before the All-Star Game.
He was introduced as an NL All-Star, but wore a generic All-Star Game jersey and cap.
What happened with Samardzija seems contrary to the theme of All-Star Game, the one event that can showcase all of the game’s top players, and Machado — who would be making his fourth All-Star Game and third in the past four seasons — is one of baseball’s best.
But Beltran was traded June 24, more than a week before the All-Star Game teams were named, so it allowed him to be placed on the NL team and first baseman Ken Harvey to replace him to represent Kansas City.
And even though one player from each team must be selected for All-Star rosters, teams sometimes go unrepresented in the game because of injuries, players pulling out or becoming unavailable. By Eduardo A. Encina
The Dodgers and Brewers are at the forefront of the Machado derby, and the Indians are also “in the mix,” Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets.
Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com passes along slightly different information than Encina, suggesting the Indians are currently in last place among the previously mentioned seven teams in the race for Machado. Cleveland has made an offer, Kubatko reports, but a source tells him other clubs are “more active” in the sweepstakes. Interest in Machado goes beyond the seven teams mentioned, Kubatko adds, as several others have at least “checked in” on him.
It “seems unlikely” Baltimore will deal Machado this weekend, Encina writes, but it’s all but guaranteed to happen sometime this month. After all, the Orioles (24-64) own the majors’ worst record, and they’ll either have to trade the 26-year-old Machado in the next three-plus weeks or watch him leave for draft-pick compensation in free agency. The superstar shortstop/third baseman is sure to reel in one of the richest contracts in the history of the sport once he hits the open market, and he has helped his future earning power by batting a healthy .310/.381/.560 with 21 home runs and nearly as many walks (40) as strikeouts (50) in 375 plate appearances this season.
If the Dodgers are the team that upgrades at short with Machado this summer, it may come at the expense of either outfield prospect Alex Verdugo or young pitcher Yadier Alvarez. The Orioles have shown interest in both of those farmhands – two of the finest talents in the minors – though the Dodgers’ offers so far have not included either player, Encina relays, and Kubatko writes that LA has not made Verdugo available. Considering their wealth of offensive talent, it’s arguable the Dodgers won’t even need Machado as they seek a sixth straight National League West title and a second consecutive NL pennant. But acquiring him would still be a boon to them and a blow to the rival Diamondbacks, who lead LA by one game in the NL West and haven’t gotten high-end production from their shortstops this year.
Like the D-backs, none of the Brewers, Phillies or Braves have fared well at short. The Indians and Cubs have, on the other hand. But Machado could be a third base solution for the Indians, who have the great Francisco Lindor at short and would be able to shift fellow superstar Jose Ramirez from the hot corner to second base to make room for Machado. In doing so, the Tribe would presumably relegate struggling second baseman Jason Kipnis to a bench role. The Cubs, meanwhile, have an impressive-looking setup at second (Javier Baez), short (Addison Russell) and third (the currently injured Kris Bryant), so it’s unclear where Machado would fit, though there has long been speculation about Russell going to Baltimore in a deal. However, Russell is under affordable control through 2020 and would be a lot to give up for a rental player – albeit one who’d serve as an upgrade for a Chicago team which trails NL Central-leading Milwaukee by 1 1/2 games. By