Aaron Hill lands on DL for fast-starting Jays

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The AL East is down a second star second baseman after Aaron Hill was placed on the disabled list Monday because of a strained hamstring.
While Brian Roberts appeared DL bound from the moment he suffered a strained abdominal muscle, the Hill moves comes as a surprise. Expectations were that he’d be back early this week after hitting off a tee Sunday. Obviously, he didn’t feel nearly as well as hoped after arriving at the ballpark today.
With Hill sidelined, the Jays’ lack of depth will quickly become apparent. Long-time minor leaguer Mike McCoy and defensive specialist John McDonald are the fallbacks at second base.
If the team had a legitimate fourth outfielder, one could argue for putting Jose Bautista at second instead. However, that wouldn’t make any sense if it was just opening playing time for the newly recalled Jeremy Reed. McCoy figures to get most of the action for now.

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.