A report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports on Tuesday stated that Machado is expected to be traded to the Dodgers on Wednesday, which would potentially allow him to play on the American League squad in the All-Star Game. As other teams consider upping the ante with their offers, like the Philadelphia Phillies, the Diamondbacks or the Milwaukee Brewers, it will come down to how the Dodgers can compete as the Orioles try to get the best return for their best player. Another source said Orioles general manager Dan Duquette "likes Philly's pitching [prospects] enough to keep them in it" as of Tuesday morning.
The Dodgers became the most logical suitor for Machado when they lost star shortstop Corey Seager to elbow surgery in May.
If Manny Machado had already been traded before the All-Star Game here Tuesday night, he didn't know about it. "As of now, I haven't heard of anything". At the break, he's batting.315/.387/.575 (164 OPS+) with 24 home runs in 96 games.
If outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz is in fact in the deal, the Orioles would be landing the Dodgers' fourth-ranked prospect, a 21-year-old with a.314/.428/.477 line in Double-A Tulsa in 2018.More news: Mesut Ozil to join Arsenal on Singapore pre-season trip
"This is probably going to be the last one I answer", Machado said. But for now, I'm just trying to worry about today, not try to worry about anything else.
No, that's not a huge difference, which reflects two facts: we're well past the midpoint of the season, and SportsLine was already quite bullish on the Dodgers moving forward.
Machado signed a one-year, $16 million contract for 2018 with Baltimore to avoid arbitration.