Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado could be on a different team in 2018

Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado could be on a different team in 2018

In his media session with reporters, manager Buck Showalter said Machado has long expressed a desire to play there in the future but didn't want to because of the admiration he had for longtime shortstop J.J. Hardy, whose contract expired after the 2017 season.

". That's obviously a big decision for the Orioles' organization, so it's still under consideration". An important core of players - third baseman Manny Machado, relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach and center fielder Adam Jones - are all free agents after this upcoming season. Longoria is well-respected and coming off another good season, but at 32, he is owed $86 million for the next five seasons, and it might get even more hard to deal him in years to come.

However, as the second day of the MLB Winter Meetings came to an end December 12, Duquette admitted the Orioles would at least listen to offers for Machado, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2018 season.

But something has changed this week, and it is enough to have sent the baseball industry into the sort of feeding frenzy that only accompanies the sudden and unexpected availability of a game-changing talent: The Orioles, for the first time, are talking and acting as if they are prepared to trade their 25-year-old franchise cornerstone one season before he hits free agency. He claimed that the O's actually have a goal in trading Machado.

Plus, the Yankees could not acquire Machado, add more starting pitching and keep under the $197 million luxury as vowed with Machado, unless Jacoby Ellsbury was in a trade back to the Orioles, and Ellsbury nearly certainly would not waive his no-trade for Baltimore.

"Listen, you know, I've got a real gut feeling about how it's going to work out, but I want to make sure we cover all the bases whatever direction we go in. And I think so is Tim". Not an easy price to pay for other teams, even if it's for someone like Machado. - It has not been in the Orioles' makeup to surrender in the AL East, regardless of how pumped up the rosters of the Yankees and Red Sox may become.

But the Orioles, it is clear, need two or maybe three solid starting pitchers to even begin to think about fielding a respectable team again, and they're not going to sign big-name free agents, they don't have the prospects to package in a trade and they aren't close to developing any homegrown impact starters. "So it's generally a good idea to know what the value of the market is for your team". But, that's the thing here: it'll be in free agency, not via a trade where they run the risk of losing him anyway by giving up top assets.

Machado, a three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove victor, started slowly last season before rallying to hit.259 with 33 home runs and 95 RBIs.

If Machado returns to the Orioles in 2018, he could play shortstop.

He did not deny that the Orioles were discussing Machado with other teams, but he did say they were not shopping him. He expects to have input after general manager Dan Duquette assesses the available trade options. "I'm not involved in a lot of what's really going on".

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