Livan Hernandez was a one-man gang last night in Atlanta

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Not only did Livan Hernandez shut out the Braves for eight innings last night, he went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer at the plate in an 6-0 victory.
Hernandez now has 10 career homers, which ranks third among all active pitchers:

                      PA     HR
Carlos Zambrano      650     21
Mike Hampton         845     16
LIVAN HERNANDEZ     1042     10
Micah Owings         198      9
Yovani Gallardo      181      8
Dontrelle Willis     413      8

Hernandez has more plate appearances than everyone else on that list, so it’s not quite an apples-to-apples comparison. For instance, Hernandez ranks just 10th in OPS among active pitchers with at least 150 plate appearances:

                      PA      OPS
Micah Owings         198     .861
Yovani Gallardo      181     .690
Mike Hampton         845     .650
Carlos Zambrano      650     .637
Dontrelle Willis     413     .634
Adam Wainwright      331     .588
Dan Haren            287     .580
Russ Ortiz           608     .549
Darren Oliver        243     .543
LIVAN HERNANDEZ     1042     .532

On the other hand, Hernandez is the active hit king among pitchers with 204 and no one else is within 25 hits.

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.