Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Manny Machado to the Dodgers is virtually a done deal

Manny Machado to the Dodgers is virtually a done deal

With the MLB All-Star break upon us, Manny Machado has quite possibly played his last game with the Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles had been weighing offers on Machado for weeks, with the Philadelphia Phillies - a certain pursuer of Machado this winter - and the Milwaukee Brewers reportedly making serious offers.

The Orioles, under the guidance of owner Peter Angelos, are notoriously obsessive about the medical reports of potential acquisitions, which makes their proposed trades less ironclad than those of other teams.

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Manny Machado takes a selfie with Matt Kemp. Adding Machado and installing him at short would allow the Dodgers to shift Chris Taylor from short to second base and thus plug that hole.

While reporters are asking other players and Machado himself about the potential trade, the shortstop's All-Star teammate J.D. Martinez also chose to ask about it when he got Machado on his Instagram Story.

Through 96 games this season, Machado is batting.315 with 65 RBIs and 24 home runs.

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"It's been a tremendous honor to wear this uniform".

Still, in an environment where numerous best walk-year would-be deadline deals are either playing startlingly well for competitive teams (Nick Markakis), perpetually-injured (Josh Donaldson), or plain confounding (Bryce Harper), Machado is the clear. They gave me the chance this season to go to shortstop.

"Nothing, nothing", the star shortstop said when asked what he has been told by the Baltimore Orioles or his agents.

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"I just try not to think about it, to be honest". They gave me the opportunity to play shortstop again. I'm just anxious about the game.

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