As the MLB non-waiver trade deadline nears, it’s looking more and more likely that the Baltimore Orioles will trade Manny Machado.
Teams know he’s just a rental, but it’s hard to turn down an MVP-caliber bat. And that’s why multiple teams are still in on him. That said, teams aren’t going to be willing to pay what the Orioles were asking for over winter. At this point, the Orioles hardly have any leverage. They are dead last in the AL East with a 24-65 record). In fact, they have the worst record in all of baseball. Therefore, they NEED to get SOMETHING for Machado before it’s too late. He’s already on the record saying he won’t re-sign with anybody at the end of the season. He sure as heck isn’t going to change his mind and re-sign with Baltimore.
Still, some team is going to swoop in. And if recent reports are to be believed, it’ll either be the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, they are his most serious pursuers.
“Dodgers, Brewers, most serious for Orioles Machado, sources tell The Athletic. Indians also in mix, though taking on rest of Machado’s $16M might be obstacle. Question remains: Will O’s ownership view offers practically or slow down process by asking for other players?”
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi adds:
“Brewers landing Manny Machado becoming more realistic as time goes on…”
It just depends on what each team is willing to give up. Both will want to avoid paying too much for a rental, even though Machado would be one helluva rental for any team. The Orioles can’t ask for too much and risk losing him for nothing, though. They have to be smart about this. But they shouldn’t just take the first real offer that floats across the desk either.
In the meantime, Machado is in the middle of a career year — slashing .313/.382/.560 (.942 OPS) with 19 doubles and 21 home runs.
Hold onto your butts.