Fun little anecdote from Scott Allen of the Washington Post, who tells the story of how Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez helped a high school senior ask his girlfriend to prom.
Nick Rolle asked his grandfather, who happens to be MASN studio host Johnny Holliday, if a Nationals player might be nice enough to help him make the prom thing a little more special and Gonzalez obliged, so the couple got field passes for a game last week and Gonzalez came over with a signed baseball that looked like this:
She said yes, the happy couple hung out with Gonzalez for a while on the field, and they had a good time at prom over the weekend.
Say it with me now, everyone: Awwwwwww.
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.