Adam Jones and Manny Machado

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Get Ready to Wave Them Bye-Bye

July 16, 2018 - 3:05 pm

By Tim Barbalace

The Non-Waiver Trade Deadline in MLB is 15 days away, and the rumors are heating up surrounding multiple Orioles.  The most impactful potential players to be on the move are Adam Jones, Zach Britton, and, of course, Manny Machado.  All three have been with the organization for several years and have collected numerous accolades.

Adam Jones represents the bridge from a generation of mediocre baseball to three postseason appearances in five years.  Jones came over from the Mariners organization as part of the Erik Bedard trade in 2008.  Dan Duquette handed out his first big contract to Jones in 2012 to the tune of a six-year $85.5 million deal.

Jones has racked up five All-Star appearances, four Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger in his eleven seasons in the black and orange. One of his most important contributions came off the field as he embraced the Baltimore community in numerous charitable works.

The Orioles drafted Zach Britton in the third round of the 2006 MLB Draft.  Britton was used as a starter his first three seasons before transitioning into the closer role in 2014.  He has been one of the most dominant closers in the game since that time.

No one will ever forget his legendary 2016 campaign.  Britton converted all 47 of his save opportunities and pitched to a 0.54 ERA with a 0.83 WHIP.  That season is considered to be one if not the greatest, year a reliever has ever had.

Manny Machado will mark the toughest goodbye.  Baltimore selected Machado with the third overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft.  Machado is still in the prime of his career at age 26, and the arrow appears to be pointing up.

Machado is the Orioles lone All-Star this season and is hitting .313 with 23 home runs and 64 RBI.  It marked his fourth All-Star appearance in his seven-year career to go along with two Gold Gloves.  Fans will always remember his jaw-dropping plays at third base that seemingly came on a nightly basis. 

It will be sad to see these three longtime Orioles in a different uniform, but it will be in the best interest of the organization's future plan.  Hopefully, the team can yield prospects to replace these All-Star talents.