Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph, one of the three players acquired from the Giants in the Hunter Pence trade, will undergo season-ending wrist surgery, reports Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly. Joseph, playing for Double-A Reading, suffered the injury in May on a play at the plate. He attempted to rehab, playing in six games in the Gulf Coast League, but it was not to be.
The 23-year-old has had a tough road since joining the Phillies at the trade deadline in 2012. He has battled a concussion and concussion-related symptoms, which limited him to just 36 games in all of 2013. He managed to play in just 21 games at Double-A this season, posting a .282/.345/.551 slash line with five home runs and 19 RBI in 87 plate appearances.
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.