Evan Longoria is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Aaron and I were talking yesterday that we needed an official BSOHL logo or picture or something — it’s all about branding these days — but neither of us have any graphics chops.  If anyone gets bored and wants to help us out in this regard, feel free to send it via the “Feedback” button over in the upper right.  We can’t pay you for your work, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.

Anyway, we have another one. It’s Evan Longoria. And while he doesn’t actually say he’s in the BSOHL, if you have an entire article devoted to your conditioning in the month of February, and if the word “plyometrics” is used, that’s a BSOHL post, buddy:

After spending the past two offseasons bulking up in workouts, Longoria is 10 to 15 pounds leaner and considerably looser, emphasizing flexibility over strength in an effort to avoid the muscle injuries (hamstring, quadriceps, oblique) that have sidelined him during the past two seasons … Instead of lifting weights, Longoria focused on plyometrics (muscle stretching and explosiveness) …”

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.