Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Yasiel who? Juan Uribe was the story for the Dodgers last night, as he drove in seven runs in a 10-2 win over the Giants. Yes, seven of them.

Uribe went 3-for-5 on the night and finished a single short of the cycle. The 33-year-old had a two-run double in the second inning, a bases-clearing triple in the third inning, and a two-run homer in the seventh. He had one final chance at the cycle in the ninth inning, but struck out swinging against Jake Dunning. His seven RBI matched a career-high from June 19, 2004 as a member of the White Sox.

After compiling a lousy .199/.262/.289 batting line over the first two seasons of his three-year, $21 million deal with the Dodgers, Uribe is batting .280/.355/.455 with five home runs and 27 RBI through 187 plate appearances this season. Ned Colletti is vindicated.

Your Friday box scores:

Tigers 7, Indians 0

Pirates 6, Cubs 2

Orioles 2, Yankees 3

Padres 5, Nationals 8

Twins 0, Blue Jays 4

Mariners 4, Reds 2

Braves 4, Phillies 5

White Sox 3, Rays 8

Mets 12, Brewers 5

Astros 5, Rangers 10

Marlins 1, Cardinals 4

Athletics 6, Royals 3

Rockies 0, Diamondbacks 5

Red Sox 6, Angels 2

The Orioles seem pretty serious about moving Manny Machado

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will become a free agent after the 2018 season and there has been no suggestion that the O’s and their young star have worked on a contract extension, strongly suggesting that Machado will test the open market next offseason.

While the Orioles have not said much about keeping him or trading him, yesterday considerable chatter filtered out here at the Winter Meetings suggests that they are serious about trading him now in order to get more than a draft pick in return when he eventually leaves Baltimore.

Jon Heyman reported yesterday that the Cardinals were a possible landing spot, and others have speculated that, at the moment, they’re the frontrunners for his services. Buster Olney, in a development that would make people go insane, I suspect, that the Yankees have expressed interest. It seems highly unlikely, though, that the Orioles would trade Machado within the division. Even if they did, they’d likely expect a premium from the Yankees that they would be unwilling to pay, especially given that they could easily wait Machado out until he was a free agent next year and give up nothing but cash for him. A couple of days ago we noted that the Phillies had expressed interest and the Orioles were doing their due diligence with respect to their farm system.

As far as the possible parameters of a deal, Ken Rosenthal reported that the O’s hope to acquire at least two controllable young starters in return. That’s a high price for a one-year Machado rental, but it makes sense for the Orioles to ask it. For Machado’s part, he reportedly wants to return to his original position, shortstop. He does not have no-trade protection, of course, so that may be a wish that is not fulfilled.

Machado had a down 2017, hitting .259/.310/.471, but still hit 33 homers and drove in 95 runs. In the two years prior, however, he posted OPSs of .876 and .861, and he’s still just 25. All of which is to say that the price for a team to acquire him will be high, even if he’s entering his walk year.