Manny Machado reacts to potential trade to Dodgers

Kristopher Nichols
July 19, 2018

Manny Machado could be on the move soon, but at this point we don't know where he's going or what the Orioles are getting.

Machado has been open about his desire to play shortstop, while also acknowledging he'll have no say in the matter in the short-term upon a new team acquiring him.

The Baltimore Orioles continue to make progress on a Manny Machado trade and have narrowed their focus to a smaller group of teams, according to sources.

Machado, 26, is due to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and will likely garner a deal worth around $26 million annually according to Spotrac.

Around this time last year, the thought of Machado ending up on a team like Philadelphia seemed like a long shot since the team appeared to be a few years away from being a contender, but luckily things have turned around for the better. Machado, hitting.315 with a.963 on-base-plus-slugging percentage and 24 home runs, fills a clear need with a superstar. "I just try to go out there and enjoy myself as much as I can".

Back in April, I checked in on a slew of players from the 2017 Orioles who have gone elsewhere this year, be it another MLB organization, another baseball league or nowhere at all.

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Perhaps this has something to do with talks between the O's and Phillies intensifying in recent days, including the swap of some of Philly's brightest farmhands.

"Nothing", he said. "I haven't heard anything".

The SportsLine Projection Model was already high on the Dodgers for the rest of the season and has them as the leader in World Series probability in the National League.

Props to Machado for not sneaking in a jab at the Orioles, and for giving a fairly generic response.

No, that's not a huge difference, which reflects two facts: we're well past the midpoint of the season, and SportsLine was already quite bullish on the Dodgers moving forward.

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