MLB Rumors: Baltimore Orioles looking to move Manny Machado
It seems that one of the key pieces to the Orioles success may be out of Baltimore soon. There have been reports going around that the Baltimore Orioles have been possibly looking to move Manny Machado this offseason. These same reports have hinted that the Yankees and Phillies seem to be the two teams with the most interest.
While the Orioles would get a ton of backlash for moving a fan favorite, you can’t blame them for doing it. He will be a free agent after the 2018 season. If the Orioles wait to let him walk, then they won’t get anything in return for him. However, if they trade him now to a team, then they could get something in return. You could make the argument for more than the Yankees and Phillies having interest in him. There are plenty of teams that are in need of a young third baseman. In a short six years with the Orioles, he has pretty decent numbers. He averages 29 homers a season with 86 runs batted in. Let’s not forget that he averages a .279 batting average.
Another perk that he would bring is that he plays both shortstop and third base. He is also a leader on a team that has hovered around the pack of the American League. Now as far as what team I could see him on, I wouldn’t mind seeing him on the Yankees. There are a few reasons for this. For starters, he has played well at Yankee Stadium. Also, he is younger than Chase Headly and has better numbers. Manny Machado is 28 and Chase Headly is 33. If the Yankees are truly going to stick to their guns about going younger, then they would be fools not to go after him. However, the Yankees have another option where they can still keep Headly. Since he does play more than third base, you can play him at first base.
The Phillies may not be a bad place for him to go either. The only thing I can see him not wanting to go is that they are nowhere near contending in the National League. At least with the Yankees, they are probably going to be right at the top of the list when it comes to American League teams.
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