Red Sox, Orioles Reportedly Discussing Potential Manny Machado Trade

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Joy R. Absalon, BaltimoreBaseball.com

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).