A sign-and-trade in baseball?

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Neat column from Dustin Parkes today, wondering if — given the obstacle Rafael Soriano’s type-A status presents for him signing with a good team — he could be signed by a bad one that doesn’t have to surrender a pick, and could then, in turn, be traded to a contender.  Dustin goes back a couple years and quotes Rob Manfred who says that, yeah, that could probably happen.

Neat. At least for now. If it happened, however, it would probably make a lot of people nervous (i.e. the union, agents, teams letting free agents walk). As if they weren’t already nervous about free agent compensation anyway.

And if it did happen with Soriano, it would be the second time in as many years that he’d take his new contract with him to a new team, as you’ll recall that he unexpectedly accepted arbitration from the Braves last year, necessitating a trade to Tampa Bay.  Not quite the same as a sign-and-trade, but it kinda rhymes.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.