— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 29, 2017
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:
Manny Machado ripping apart the Red Sox after Chris Sale threw behind him tonight. pic.twitter.com/WrVyk8Hjyb
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) May 3, 2017
Before saying he lost “mad respect” for the organization in a much calmer interview:
Manny Machado has lost all respect for the Red Sox organization. pic.twitter.com/kLKdtPczoR
— Orioles SPORTalk (@SPORTalkOrioles) May 3, 2017
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:
I can’t imagine Dave Dombrowski would be dumb enough to deplete the Red Sox system even more for just one year of Manny Machado. Makes no sense, unless he plans on leaving the Red Sox in two years so that rebuilding the team from the bottom up is someone else’s problem.
— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) December 30, 2017
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).