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Breaking News: Manny Machado Officially Traded to Dodgers

Orioles Get Multiple LA Prospects, Diaz

July 18, 2018 - 7:41 pm
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By Austin Medina  

It’s official. Manny Machado’s days in Baltimore have come to an end.

The Orioles traded the face of the franchise to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Bob Nightengale.

The Dodgers were looking to replace two-time All-Star Corey Seager, who is out for the remainder of the season with a UCL strain. Machado, who has played the entire year at shortstop, will fit right in for Los Angeles as they pursuit another trip to the World Series.

Trading away your best player is never easy (or fun) yet it’s the best move Baltimore could make. With the AL East top-heavy with the Yankees and Red Sox, prepping for the future is a better gamble especially considering the contract Machado is looking for. Reports have linked Machado to nearly a $400 million contract, similarly to Nationals star Bryce Harper.

Machado has produced arguably his best season to date, batting .315 with 24 homeruns and 65 RBIs on the season.  

The Orioles drafted Machado in 2010 and he made his Major League debut in 2012. In his career in Baltimore, Machado has been a staple of the offense and the clear top star. He was among the top-10 in MVP voting in 2013, 2015, and 2016.

Having their best third baseman since Brooks Robinson, Machado was remarkable defensively as well. Machado was a four-time All-Star in an Orioles uniform and won two Gold Glove awards.

Baltimore witnessed Machado grow into one of the league’s best players but with a 28-69 record, the Orioles understood a full rebuild is necessary. Trading Machado allows the rebuild to officially start and the reported deal includes outfielder Yusniel Diaz.

Diaz is a promising outfielder from Cuba who has been in the Dodgers farm system since 2015. He’s ranked the #4 prospect in the Dodgers farm, according to MLB.com. In 2017, Diaz batted .292 with 11 homeruns in the minors.

Among other prospects, a lot of promise has been talked about in regards to pitching prospect Zach Pop.

Regardless of any viewpoints, the Orioles obtained a solid in flux of prospects which is critical in a rebuild. Machado could have left at the end of the season for nothing.

The Manny Machado era is sadly over, though it could have been much worse for the O's organization.