Manny Machado will start at shortstop for the American League in Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game.
Though the trade deadline isn’t until July 31, it looks like it’ll be his last game in an Orioles jersey.
Manny Machado will represent the #Orioles in the All Star Game….but he is expected to be traded before the regular season resumes later in the week according to sources involved in the trade discussions.
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) July 16, 2018
The rebuilding Orioles have had him on the block all year, but four suitors appear to have separated themselves from the pack.
New York Yankees
The Yankees appear to be all set on the left side of the infield thanks to the continued success of Didi Gregorius and the rises of Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres, who opened the season at No. 65 and No. 6 respectively on MLB.com’s preseason prospect rankings. But the team has had private reservations about Andujar, according to the New York Post. And they’ve got one of the best farm systems to deal from, including four others players who opened the season in MLB.com’s top 100. The Yanks are 4.5 games out of first in the AL East. Their interest in Machado, though, has reportedly been overstated.
Riding youth and a majors-best 20-8 record in one-run games, the Phillies find themselves with a half-game lead over the Braves for first in the NL East, with the Nationals giving chase. Their farm system rivals that of the Yankees, opening the year with six prospects among MLB.com’s top 100. Of those, Scott Kingery (No. 35) and J.P. Crawford (No. 37) are up and struggling. And their top prospect, righty pitcher Sixto Sanchez, is said to be off-limits.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are clinging to a half-game lead over Arizona for the NL West crown. Their big league club is benefitting from the contributions of tons of youngsters, but they still had three preseason top-100 prospects by MLB.com’s estimation. A package centered around their top prospect, pitcher Walker Buehler, ought to get a deal done, but the righty has already proven himself invaluable to the team’s rotation.
Though they easily have the worst farm system to deal from among these squads, the Brewers reportedly have joined the Dodgers and Phillies on the “10-yard line” of a deal for the star shortstop, who’ll be a free agent this winter. They don’t have the super-high-end prospects of the other teams listed, but they have depth, with three players from No. 56 to No. 96 on MLB.com’s rankings, and three more players who have been among their rankings before but didn’t make the 2018 list.
The Diamondbacks and Indians have made noise for Machado before, but their interest has waned, and they have decidedly fewer trade chips than the four teams above.
The four-time All-Star lands in Philly. Not only do they have the toughest division race ahead of them, but they also have more assets to deal and, with their offseason signings of Carlos Santana and Jake Arrieta, they’ve exhibited a willingness to make bold, win-now moves.