Baltimore Orioles: There’s no reason a Manny Machado trade should not have taken place already

The Baltimore Orioles have the second worst record in all of baseball. They also have one of the best players in the game still on their roster Manny Machado.

Machado leads the O’s in homers (16), RBIs (45) and average (.324).

It’s hard to imagine why general manager Dan Duquette hasn’t pulled the trigger on a Machado trade.

Obviously, it’s not easy for a franchise to admit they’re entering the process of rebuilding, but it’s not like Machado doesn’t already have suitors lined up for his services.

Manny Machado will be a free agent at season’s end, players with expiring deals get dealt all the time.

By dealing Machado now the O’s can get a head start on focusing on the future and building a better starting rotation, which has been hard for them in recent years.

Entering Thursday the Orioles were dead last in the AL East and we’re on a five-game losing streak.

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A Machado deal could net them a nice package of minor leaguers and a starting pitcher or a new infielder they can build around.

The Baltimore Orioles don’t have a great minor league system and the young guys they have called up over the years like Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, etc haven’t been too impressive.

It’s strange that Duquette won’t trade Machado because his value is as high as it can be right now.

If the O’s keep him around they’re at risk of losing out on a great deal and the last thing they should do is waste an opportunity to move their best trade chip, a guy that can land them a good package in return.

Sure teams trading for Manny Machado would like him to sign to a long-term deal. However, in the end, just knowing they could land a star player could be enough. They could always worry about signing him later. It’s not like he is going to be a cheap contract for any team.

The Baltimore Orioles have waited long enough. It’s time to say goodbye to their best player.

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