Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

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Because of the long weekend and a lot of personal hubbub on my end in the past 24 hours, the stars just didn’t properly align for a full-blown Power Rankings this week.  But, considering that all you people like to do is moan and/or cheer the rankings themselves rather than comment about the little blurbs, I figure this will get us through the week.

As always, last week’s rankings are in parenthesis.

THE BATMAN TEAMS (Awesome, and don’t you dare suggest otherwise)

1. Phillies (1)

2. Yankees (3)

3. Red Sox (2)

4. Brewers (4)

5. Braves (5)

THE CAPTAIN AMERICA TEAMS (Cool, dangerous, yet not without their vulnerabilities)

6. Tigers (7)

7. Rangers (6)

8. Diamondbacks (10)

9. Angels (9)

9. Rays (8)

THE SUPERMAN TEAMS (Big, popular and treated like they’re something special, but they really kind of suck and are boring)

11. Cardinals (12)

12. Giants (11)

THE GREEN LANTERN TEAMS (At various times impressive but ultimately quite forgettable and, frankly, interchangeable)

13. Indians (16)

14. White Sox (15)

15. Blue Jays (14)

16. Reds (13)

THE JOKER TEAMS (So much in wasted resources and talents. And for what? Evil ends.)

17. Dodgers (17)

18. Mets (19)

THE FLASH TEAMS (interesting at times, but really, what’s the point?)

19. Rockies (18)

20. Nationals (20)

21. Athletics (23)

22. Pirates (21)

THE CYPHER TEAMS (basically powerless, poorly conceived)

23. Marlins (24)

24. Cubs (27)

25. Padres (22)

THE AQUAMAN TEAMS (utterly useless)

26. Royals (26)

27. Mariners (25)

28. Twins (28)

29. Orioles (29)

30. Astros (30)

Orioles “have begun fielding calls of interest” on Manny Machado

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Thursday that the Orioles “are said to have begun fielding calls of interest” on superstar Manny Machado and “are close to the point of seriously weighing whether to trade him.”

You’d think it would be a no-brainer for the last-place O’s to flip Machado — an impending free agent — for prospects, but Heyman notes there is “still a question whether or not longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos” will give the go-ahead. One person familiar with the situation put it a “50-50” likelihood. Another suggested that it would take a massive return, which, sure.

Machado entered play Thursday with a sensational .328/.405/.635 batting line, 15 home runs, and an MLB-leading 43 RBI in 49 games. It’d be a real shock if he’s still wearing an O’s uniform by the end of July.

Heyman reported previously that at least nine teams made aggressive plays for Machado this winter, including the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Indians, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, and Cardinals. A whole lot of those teams still make sense here in late May — maybe all of them except the White Sox.