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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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