4. St. Louis Cardinals
With the loss of shortstop Paul DeJong to injury and the fact that third baseman Matt Carpenter has been really bad this year, the Cardinals look like they’re in a position that trading for Manny Machado could help.
The Cardinals are doing fairly well so far and will likely be in a position to go into the postseason, but they’re going to need some offensive production, and they’re just not getting that cosistently—especially from their infield.
That’s where Machado comes in—he could add a massive boost to their offense that they desperately need. The Cardinals already have a really solid rotation with Miles Mikolas, Luke Weaver, and Jack Flaherty (with Alex Reyes waiting in the wings), they just need offense.
It’s highly unlikely the Cardinals would trade either Flaherty or Reyes to the Orioles for Machado, however they could potentially trade the likes or Dakota Hudson or Ryan Helsley, both of whom are excellent pitching prospects.
They could also potentially send Tyler O’Neill, an excellent, major-league-ready outfielder who’s been trying to break into what is currently a crowded Cardinals outfield. Similarly, the Orioles could potentially get outfielder Harrison Bader from them too.