The Baltimore Orioles traded five key players around the Trade Deadline, and with two weeks past, it is time to check in and see how they are doing.
The Baltimore Orioles ended July in a frenzy, trading several of the highest-profile players on the team.
Now, over two weeks later, how have those trades gone, not for the Orioles, but for the teams, they traded with?
The Baltimore Orioles won’t be able to assess how the trades worked out for them for years until they see which of the prospects they received end up being major leaguers, and which don’t quite reach their ceiling.
Darren O’Day is also a quality major leaguer, but he is injured and so, not helping his current team.
Manny Machado was the first dealt, to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
So far, he hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations the Dodgers likely hoped he would.
Machado has played in 25 games for LA, amassing 110 plate appearances. He is hitting .258/.345/.392 with two home runs, five doubles, 10 runs scored, six RBIs and 29 strikeouts.
To think that Machado was hitting .315/.387/.575 with the Orioles before he got traded, it certainly appears that being traded and joining a pennant race has put pressure on Machado.
Machado has split time between third base and shortstop (funny how that happens, isn’t it) for LA, as they have dealt with some injuries.
His shortstop numbers, again are not as good, but his numbers at third base have been excellent, despite one error at the position.
Machado had a 4.7 oWAR when he was traded, and a -1.3 dWAR. With LA, he has a 0.6 oWAR and a 0.6 dWAR.
Say whatever you want about Machado, but he clearly rates much, much better at third base than he does at shortstop.
The Dodgers have struggled somewhat since acquiring Machado, going 6-6 in July and now 5-8 in August, and putting them at serious risk of missing the playoffs in the tight NL playoff picture. They currently sit two games out of the division lead, and two and a half games out of the second wild card spot.