Trade buzz surrounding Orioles infielder Manny Machado is at an all-time high right now, and according to multiple reports he's likely to be dealt before play resumes coming out of the All-Star break. Sources told Olney the Orioles were going through medical records and other paperwork involved in the trade.
A deal could be completed as soon as Wednesday, but definitely before the Orioles resume the regular season on Friday in Toronto.
Regardless, these appear to be the final days of calling Machado an Oriole.
With the Orioles sporting a historically bad 28-69 record and Machado in the last year of his contract, it's nearly a certainty the 26-year-old will be moved before the league's July 31 trade deadline. Chris Taylor has been a solid fill-in, with a.786 OPS, 11 home runs, 41 RBI, 21 doubles and an NL-leading eight triples this season.
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Machado does, too. What he doesn't know, however, is how it might feel to play for another team. So with the July 31 trade deadline right around the corner, here are three reasons why a trade for Machado would be ideal for the Phillies at this very moment in the 2018 season to give them a better chance of continuing to be a contender.
The latest Orioles trade rumors on Machado indicate Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers may have been his last game in an Orioles uniform and more importantly, his last game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards as the Orioles starting shortstop.
It felt like an extreme move, to use his best pitcher in a critical situation, or perhaps a chance to showcase the 41-year-old for scouts from teams considering a trade. Five Red Sox players will represent the American League in the All-Star Game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. "I'll reflect a little bit and then get back to it". "To go out there and not know where you're going to be tomorrow, it's kind of tough". "I'm just trying not to think about it. Whoever takes me, it's going to be out of my hands".
One of the largest questions that could concern Yankees fans though is why trade a part of your future for a player you would not have to give up anything for this winter?