Alex Rodriguez sets MLB record with 14th 100-RBI season

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Alex Rodriguez homered and knocked in two runs yesterday to reach 100 RBIs for the 14th time in his career, which sets a new MLB record. He had been tied with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx, each of whom had 100 RBIs in 13 seasons.
Rodriguez has reached 100 RBIs in 13 consecutive seasons, tying Gehrig and Foxx for that mark. However, it looks like he’ll fall short of a 13th straight 30-homer, 100-RBI season because he currently has a career-low 22 homers with just 24 games to play.
He’s also on pace to finish with career-worst totals for batting average (.267), on-base percentage (.335), slugging percentage (.491), OPS (.826), runs (59), and steals (4), although Rodriguez has hit .294 with six homers and 15 RBIs in his last 14 games.

Report: Phillies interested in Manny Machado; Orioles have done homework on Phillies’ minor league system

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will become a free agent after the 2018 season and there hasn’t been much in the way of progress on a contract extension between the two sides. It seems as if Machado will test the open market next offseason.

The Phillies, currently with relatively minuscule obligations for the 2018 season and beyond, are expected to be big players for Machado, as well as other potential free agents like Bryce Harper. In fact, the Phillies may not even want to wait until next offseason, as Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that the club has expressed interest in Machado to the Orioles. In return, the O’s have been doing their homework on the Phillies’ minor league system.

Kubatko notes that the Orioles like, in particular, Phillies prospects Sixto Sanchez and Scott Kingery. The Phillies may be hesitant to part with either considering they can get Machado for a lot of cash but no prospects next winter. MLB Pipeline rates Sanchez as the Phillies’ best pitching prospect and the second-best prospect overall in the system. Kingery is third overall and the top infielder. While the Phillies’ system is among the best in baseball, its notable weakness is pitching, so parting with Sanchez — who throws in the upper 90’s and can hit triple digits — would be a big ask. Kingery is seen as the club’s next second baseman of the future, so much so that the Phillies are shopping Cesar Hernandez at the Winter Meetings.

As usual with rumors during the Winter Meetings, there may be some smoke but no actual fire here. The Orioles are likely to get continued interest in Machado from many teams between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They are simply doing their due diligence by seeing what the Phillies and others have to offer for Machado.