Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for his little freakout on Tuesday night. I love the way the MLB press release puts it. It says he was suspended for “his inappropriate actions” which included:
… making contact with Umpire Rob Drake multiple times and spraying him with spittle twice while arguing, in the top of the 10th inning …
Molina was totally out of line, but it’s nice to see that Drake’s selling of the spittle thing worked. You just don’t see guys selling other guys’ moves anymore. It’s a lost art. Solid work, jabroni.
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.