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Red Sox, Orioles Reportedly Discussing Potential Manny Machado Trade

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In the past few days, several sources have reported that the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles are discussing a trade that would send third baseman Manny Machado to Boston.

Now this would definitely be awkward for the three-time All-Star Machado, if he were to be traded to the Red Sox. After all, he ripped the team in a profanity-laced tirade following a series of events in late April and early May, holding nothing back:

Before saying he lost “mad respect” for the organization in a much calmer interview:

At this point, there’s certainly no love to be lost between Machado and the Red Sox.

Details of possible trade deals haven’t been released, such as who Boston would give up to acquire Machado. One famous Red Sox blogger isn’t buying the possibility though:

Machado, 25, has been a six-year member of the Orioles since making his Major League debut in 2012. He’s regarded as one of the best all-around third basemen, winning two Gold Gloves (2013, 2015). His offensive isn’t too bad either; he’s recorded at least 33 homers and 86 RBIs in each of the last three seasons.

While the slugging 6’3” Machado at hitter-friendly Fenway Park would seem like a good fit, the idea in general of him playing for the Red Sox seems strange, considering his very public disdain for the team. Still, if the deal is right for both general managers, don’t rule it out. After all, this is a business.

Overall, Machado is a career .279/.329/.476 hitter with 138 homers and 406 RBIs. This past season, he hit .259, which set a career-low in the four full seasons he’s played (2013, 2015-17).

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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