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Padres extend Andy Green through 2021

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Padres’ manager Andy Green has received a three-year contract extension, the club announced Sunday. The extension will take him through the 2021 season, bringing his tenure to a full six years since he joined the team in 2016.

It hasn’t been the smoothest path for San Diego’s skipper, who guided the Padres to a 68-94 record in 2016 and watched them struggle to a 51-65 mark entering Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers. While they’re still in the thick of a lengthy rebuilding process, one that began well before Green was brought on board, the club could be ready to contend in the final years of Green’s new contract.

For Padres’ GM A.J. Preller, however, it’s Green’s managerial style that commands the most respect. He cited Green’s boldness and creativity, key components of his strategy despite occasionally leading to some less-than-ideal results. “Having Andy here and having people understand that he’s the guy that’s going to lead us, that’s really important,” the GM told reporters Sunday. “I think it sends a message to the industry, it sends a message to your team.”

First Wil Myers echoed the sentiment, calling Green one of the more intelligent minds in the game. “His knowledge of the game is very impressive,” Myers said prior to taking the field. “To be able to continue to play for a guy like that is very exciting.”

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.