NBC SportsTalk: Is Albert Pujols Miami bound?

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At this point it looks like there could be as many as three teams making ten-year offers to Albert Pujols. Which makes me want to back to the halcyon days of, oh, three hours ago when I was on NBC SportsTalk, speculatin’ about where he might go. The sense then seemed like Miami. Still kind of does, but we had best post this before it becomes mooted!

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Report: Dodgers, Orioles to complete Manny Machado trade

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The Orioles and Dodgers are expected to finally complete involving SS/3B Manny Machado, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Orioles will receive five prospects from the Dodgers. We’ll have more details about the other players involved later.

Machado, 26, is in the final year of his contract, so this is currently a rental for the first-place Dodgers. Machado ended the first half batting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs, 65 RBI, 48 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 413 plate appearances. In Los Angeles, he will handle shortstop, allowing Chris Taylor to move over to second base.