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Past and Present: As O's Sign Rutschman, Machado Returns

June 25, 2019 - 8:54 am
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By Joe Schiller 

Manny Machado and Adley Rutschman

One defines the past; one represents the future. 

This week – Orioles fans get a glimpse at both. 

On Monday, the Orioles announced the signing of Rutschman. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft reportedly signed for $8.1 million, according to MLB.com's Jim Callis. Rutschman's bonus broke Gerrit Cole's record of $8 million back in 2011 and the signing still came under slot for Baltimore. 

Rutschman has been regarded as one of the top prospects in recent memory and now leads the rebuild in Baltimore under General Manager and Executive Vice President Mike Elias. 

It's an exciting time for Orioles fans, as they struggle to cope with a 22-56 record this season. The Orioles are on pace for another 100 loss season and another No. 1 pick in 2020, but such is life when you're building from the ground up. 

On the other hand, Manny Machado wasn't the top pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, but the former No. 3 pick became one of the baseball's best players in just under seven seasons in Baltimore. 

After inking a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres this offseason, Machado makes his return to Baltimore for the first time since being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers at last year's trade deadline. 

Machado will step to the plate tonight in front of the crowd that cheered for him daily in Baltimore. He deserves the same treatment after bringing Gold Glove and All-Star caliber seasons to a city that longed for postseason berths and a star to root for. 

Fans will hope Rutschman can bring the same success, if not more, to Baltimore. 

But Machado is gone, and Rutschman has yet to take the field in an Orioles uniform.

So for now, let's stop and appreciate both the past and the present.