The 2018 MLB All-Star Game is over. Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader needs to reconcile his racist, sexist and homophobic past. Alex Bregman is an MVP. But lost in the shuffle of all this? The Manny Machado sweepstakes. Don’t worry, though, because they are just about to conclude. And according to various sources, he’s going to the Los Angeles Dodgers. More surprisingly though might be the return the Baltimore Orioles are actually getting. Per Fancred’s Jon Heyman:
“Machado deal to dodgers is agreed upon, tho could be still some medical/approval to go. Press conference slated for Wednesday or Thursday. Many prospects going to orioles (believed to be 5). No $ in deal (LA will remain under threshold anyway).”
We still don’t know the specifics of the deal, but that seems like a lot on the surface. That said, not only do the Dodgers have a deep farm system but they have deep pockets as well. They oftentimes have a strong farm system. They haven’t won a World Series in 30 years. In other words the Dodgers shouldn’t care all that much about prospects. They’ll always have the money to replace them if need be.
In the meantime, the Dodgers are holding on to the top spot in the NL West with a record of 53-43. That puts them just a half-game ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but adding Machado probably makes them runaway favorites in the division as the we get ready for the second half to begin.
As we’ve mentioned more than once in this space, Machado is having a career year. He’s slashing .315/.387/.575 with 21 doubles and 24 home runs. The walk rate is up to 10.9 percent while his strikeout rate is down over four ticks from last season to 12.3 percent. His wRC+ of 156 is eighth-best in all of baseball.
Have fun, National League contenders.