It sounds like the Baltimore Orioles are nearing a decision in the seemingly never-ending Manny Machado trade saga. How soon will they decide, and could he come to the Milwaukee Brewers?
ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that trade talks for Manny Machado were ‘at the 10-yard line.’ Then Machado was pulled from Sunday’s game and Hug Watch began. It turns out that removing Machado was just a precaution due to slick field conditions.
Machado sounded like he’s ready to leave in his post game interview. Could the Orioles pull the trigger on a trade over the All-Star Break? And could Machado end up in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform?
Are the Brewers still a possibility for Machado?
According to the rumors? Early reports had the Milwaukee Brewers fading, but it sounds like they’re are still among the finalists for Machado. The Phillies, Dodgers, and Yankees are also in the mix. However, the Yankees offer isn’t quite as strong as reported.
Who would the Brewers have to part with?
Rumors had Corbin Burnes as one of the Orioles target, but the Brewers are unlikely to part with their top pitching prospect. It’s believed that the Brewers presented a package of Brett Phillips and Luis Ortiz. There haven’t been any other names to come out, but Brewers GM David Stearns was spotted in Biloxi to take a look at the Double-A roster up close. It’s possible that he used this trip to decide which prospects he can part with.
How soon could the Orioles deal Machado?
It sounds like the Orioles are very motivated to get Machado out of town. Supposedly, they want him out of town ASAP. Why they aren’t looking to force teams to wait in order to drive up the price is odd. Most teams that sell often wait until the deadline to create greater interest.
The Milwaukee Brewers have been linked to Machado since rumors starting heating up a few weeks ago. It’s clear that Stearns has tempted the Orioles enough to keep their name in the rumors. Now he has to see if he can seal the deal, or decide that the asking price is too high.