There’s been a whole host of trade rumors surrounding Baltimore Orioles star third baseman Manny Machado. Let’s take a look at where things stand right now.
There’s been a whole host of trade rumors surrounding Baltimore Orioles star third baseman Manny Machado. Shortly after the New York Yankees acquired National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton in a blockbuster trade, rumors began swirling at the Winter Meetings that the Baltimore Orioles were shopping Machado around.
Since then, there’s been report after report about the various teams that have inquired about Machado. Here, we’ll round them all up for you and take a look at where the rumors about Machado stand right now.
- According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, the Baltimore Orioles have received 10 “legitimate offers” for Machado, however many of those teams are asking for a 72-hour window to sign Machado to an extension, something the Orioles have been reluctant to give. That’s specifically affected the St. Louis Cardinals who did not make “a formal offer” because the Orioles wouldn’t give them that 72-hour window. According to KMOX’s Tom Ackerman, the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations, John Mozeliak, said that, without that negotiation window, the team would likely have a hard time justifying a deal for one year of Machado. Nightengale also reports that the Chicago White Sox made an offer assuming they would only have Machado for one season. That offer did not include Yoan Moncada or Michael Kopech, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.
- According to Nightengale, one thing that’s making a major impact on Machado trade talks is the fact that Peter Angelos does not want Machado to be on the Yankees in 2018, and is therefore hesitant to deal Machado to a team that would potentially flip him to the Yankees shortly afterward. However, Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com says that Angelos could potentially be convinced into dealing Machado to the Yankees. Dan Duquette, for what it’s worth, has said he has not ruled out dealing Machado to an AL East rival.
- Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have also inquired about Machado, and that both the Diamondbacks and the White Sox have the most interest in Machado as of now.
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- MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that, when talking to the Cardinals, the Baltimore Orioles expressed interest in three of their right-handed pitching prospects – Jack Flaherty, Luke Weaver, and Jordan Hicks – as well as catching prospect Carson Kelly, however it remains to be seen whether the Cardinals would be willing to depart with a combination of those players.
- Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required) reports that part of the offer the Diamondbacks have made to the Orioles for Machado included 25-year-old infielder Brandon Drury. Drury slashed .267/.317/.447 with 13 home runs, 41 runs, and 63 RBIs for the Diamondbacks last season.
The 2017 season was somewhat of a down season for Machado, easily the worst he’s had offensively, as he ended the season slashing .259/.310/.471. The average and OBP numbers were career lows for him.
A fair bit of that was very bad luck though, as his batted ball stats all looked pretty normal. His hard-hit rate was a career-high 39.5% and his HR/FB rate was a pretty normal (for him) 15.1%.
Everything looked fairly normal except for his BABIP. In the first half of the season, Machado was slashing .230/.296/.445, and his BABIP sat at .239. Once his BABIP normalized to .290 in the second half, he slashed .290/.326/.500, much more in-line with his career.