Jays' Beeston one sly devil

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After what was surely an exhaustive search, Paul Beeston, the Jays’ interim president and CEO, was given permanent title to his offices on Tuesday.
Beeston conducted all of the interviews as he searched for his replacements, but he evidently never found anyone as qualified as himself. While former Jays GM Pat Gillick and Nats president Stan Kasten were a couple of the names bandied about as potential CEOs, it doesn’t appear that either was interested.
So, Beeston, the Jays’ first employee back in 1976, will reclaim his old job, which he left in 1997 to serve as MLB’s chief operating officer.
The good news is that it means Alex Anthopoulos will stay on as GM. Anthopoulos was Beeston’s choice for the job, but a new president might have preferred someone with more experience.

The Orioles are “moving aggressively” to trade Manny Machado

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Orioles “are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can trade him by the end of the week.” There are reportedly “strong offers” for Machado from both the White Sox, per Ken Rosenthal, and the Cardinals, per Nightengale. The Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also reportedly involved in talks, though it does seem unlikely that the O’s would trade Machado to a division rival.

Machado, 25, is a guy around which a team could build a franchise. The Orioles, however, seem resigned to the notion that they will not be able to sign him to a long term contract once he hits free agency a year from now. If they do deal him, it would not be terribly shocking to see the O’s just go all-in with a full rebuild, putting relievers Brad Brach and Zach Britton and outfielder Adam Jones on the market, given that they too can become free agents following the 2018 season.

Machado had a down 2017, hitting .259/.310/.471, but still hit 33 homers and drove in 95 runs. In the two years prior he posted OPSs of .876 and .861. As such, the price for a team to acquire him will be high, even if he’s entering his walk year.