The Hall of Fame’s scouts exhibit opens tomorrow

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I hear it has a good look about it. All the tools you wanna see in a museum exhibit:

Their stories document the game at its very inception, where the journey to the big leagues – and sometimes the Hall of Fame – begins. For baseball scouts, it’s the record of hits and misses, the can’t-miss prospects and the 37th-round steals.

Those stories will come alive this weekend when the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum opens its new Diamond Mines exhibit dedicated to the labor of scouts. With some of the game’s top talent-finders in attendance for the festivities, Museum visitors will have a chance to experience those stories first hand at a special Voices of the Game event.

There will be a strict dress code of pleated dockers, tucked in polo shirts and sun hats. And if you bring a date, be forewarned, your confidence level will be judged based on how pretty she is.

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.