Looking at 2010 "from a Mark Kotsay standpoint"

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The best part of this is not that the .238/.306/.376 DH/1B is saying that his season wasn’t all that bad, it’s that the .238/.306/.376 DH/1B refers to himself in the third person. Mark Kotsay:

“If you look at the whole year from a Mark Kotsay standpoint, it’s
been criticism from the get-go,” the lefty hitter said. ”I didn’t get
off to a good start, I got buried, I slowly got myself out of that hole
when the team was having success in the winning portion of the season.
But even in that turnaround, there was always talk that we needed a
left-handed bat.”

”Hey, you know what? It’s been the whole season. I think I was able
to carry myself in a professional manner and realize, ‘Yeah, my success
as a whole, if I evaluate my whole year, it’s not nearly where I wanted
it to end.’ But I think I battled, I think I fought the whole season.”

No one ever questioned your effort, Mark. Just your production. Which, no matter how hard you worked, wasn’t anywhere close to sufficient for the DH slot.

Now, was it your fault you were penciled in as the DH so often? Nah, that’s on Ozzie Guillen, who decided last winter to go in that direction.  But just because it was his decision doesn’t mean that people were unfair to note that, hey, the team could have used a better bat than the one you brought to work each day.

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.