Manny Machado: “It’s been a while since I felt this healthy and good.”

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is ready for spring training — he’s “itching” for it, in fact, per Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore. Machado said, “I feel great. I haven’t felt like this in, it’s been a while. It’s been a while since I felt this healthy and good. My body feels great, my mind is clear. I’m excited to get back out there.”

Machado underwent the second major surgery of his career in late August, medial patellar femoral ligament reconstruction in his right knee. In October 2013, Machado underwent surgery on his other knee for a similar ailment.

The third baseman was in the midst of another solid season for the Orioles, batting .278/.324/.431 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI in 354 plate appearances while playing his usual Gold Glove-caliber defense. Machado has been working out in Miami for the past month and intends to visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache before showing up to spring training in February.

Report: Yankees acquire Edwin Encarnación from Mariners

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The Mariners are in the midst of reconstructing their roster, a process which most recently resulted in the trade of first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnación to the Yankees, per a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan. While the teams have yet to publicly confirm the deal, the Mariners are expected to receive pitching prospect Juan Then and will likely eat a significant portion of Encarnación’s salary as well.

Encarnación is a sizable get for the Yankees, who could benefit from the veteran’s power and consistency in their ongoing drive toward the postseason. The 36-year-old infielder missed some time with a bout of lower back tightness, dental issues, and soreness in his left hand, but has still maintained a decent .241/.356/.531 batting line with an AL-best 21 home runs, an .888 OPS, and 1.7 fWAR through his first 289 plate appearances of the year. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, Encarnación has another $11-12 million left on his contract in 2019, with a $20 million option for the 2020 season and a $5 million buyout.

Then, 19, was acquired by the Yankees in a three-person trade with the Mariners during the 2017 offseason. The right-hander currently ranks no. 27 in the Yankees’ system and made his last pro ball appearance for New York’s rookie-level affiliate in 2018, pitching to a 2.70 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 7.6 SO/9 across 50 innings. It’s not clear if any other players are involved in the trade, though USA Today’s Bob Nightengale notes that no other prospects are thought to be included in the package for Encarnación.