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Orioles ‘aren’t getting close to what they want’ in Manny Machado trade offers

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Manny Machado trade rumors waxed in mid-December, then waned and then waxed again in recent days with the Red Sox reportedly showing an interest in the Orioles’ third baseman.

Guess they’re not waxing too, um, waxy. At least if Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston is hearing right. He says the Orioles “aren’t getting close to what they want” in Manny Machado trade offers.

A couple of moon cycles ago the Orioles were said to be wanting two front line starting pitching prospects. Which, sure, would be a nice thing to have. Machado, who will be a free agent after this coming season, is just a rental at this point, however. And given that he’s on record saying that he has no respect for the Red Sox, there can’t be a ton of confidence on the Red Sox part that they could lock him up long term, making two front line starting pitchers quite a hefty ask.

At this point you have to figure that the Orioles will hold on to Machado and see if they can make any noise in 2018. In the likely event they do not make said noise, they can hope that Machado gets off to a fast start and can snag them a prospect at the trade deadline. Better than nothin’.

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.