It may be the All-Star break, but the Manny Machado sweepstakes aren’t over yet.
However, the Baltimore Orioles are expected to trade Machado before the break ends. And according to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden, the clock is ticking.
“Manny Machado will represent the Orioles in the All Star Game….but he is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later in the week according to sources involved in the trade discussions.”
Other reports note that the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers are finalists, but we’ll see. It’s not uncommon to see reports leak late in an attempt to drive up the price. Regardless of where he lands, one lucky team will be getting a helluva player for the next couple of months. Machado is in the middle of a career year, slashing .315/.387/.575 (156 wRC+) with 21 doubles and 24 home runs while both lowering his strikeout rate and increasing his walk rate.
But the Orioles are an absolute mess. At 28-69, they are the second-worst team in all of baseball. Only the Kansas City Royals at 27-68 are worse. In other words, this rebuild is going to be slow and painful. But they have to get rid of Machado while they still can. They’re hoping to get one big-name prospect, but they cannot ask for too much. If they do, the Orioles risk losing Machado for absolutely nothing.
That’s not going to happen, though. One team is going to give up enough to get him. It might not happen until after tomorrow’s All-Star game, but it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of time. The Orioles could’ve tried a little more actively to trade him sooner; that’s on them. Any type of return now is going to be far lesser than what a player like Machado is worth.
So, where will he land?