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Orioles Dropped the Ball on Machado

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Manny Machado’s desire to play this season at shortstop after several years at third base comes as no surprise.

Machado will be 26 by the time he hits free agency this offseason and recognizes the opportunity for a lucrative payday.  A 26-year old shortstop that has shown 30 home run power tends to make more on the open market than a third basemen with the same credentials.

The only real surprise is that the Orioles are obliging Machado in his request (Even with J.J. Hardy gone). The Orioles have all but packed Machado’s bags the last couple of seasons (directly and indirectly), and now the O’s are helping their homegrown star maximize his value when he leaves this offseason.

The Orioles could argue that they too are trying to maximize his value to swing a trade before the trade deadline.   The haul for Machado would be much greater if he were viewed as a shortstop.  Many problems arise with this concept.

The rest of baseball knows that under no circumstances can the Orioles afford to re-sign Machado this offseason.  He will command a contract in the $250-$300 million range, and only a handful of teams can pony up that kind of cash.  Baltimore’s frugal owner Peter Angelos aside it still would not happen for the O’s.

Teams armed with this knowledge will look to lowball the Orioles in trade discussions.  The consensus from the Baltimore front office is that offers they received this offseason for Machado were well below what the team was looking for in a deal.

Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette was rumored to be seeking two major league ready starting pitchers in a winter deal for Machado, but no deal was struck.  The point to be made is if the Orioles were unable to find a suitable deal in November for Machado, what makes the O’s think they can get top dollar during the middle of the season?

Duquette could have offered a team a full year of Machado and received a good return in a deal.  Now, the Orioles have to hope a team gets desperate enough to deal top prospects for a star they will only have for a couple of months with no guarantee of signing him after the season.  Savvy GM’s will not make such a hasty decision even in an intense pennant race.

The situation is now a no-win for the O’s.  Baltimore will more than likely receive pennies on the dollar for their superstar shortstop, or the team can keep him for the duration of the season and watch him leave.  Zach Britton and Adam Jones are set to become free agents after this season as well.   The Orioles are not better than the Yankees or Red Sox (Maybe the Blue Jays either), so the order is tall in the AL East.

The speculation is that Peter Angelos does not want to trade the star in fears of attendance dropping.  The Orioles have to let the situation play itself out and see how the season and trade market goes.

Hindsight is 20/20 but the Orioles could have traded Machado two offseason’s ago to receive top value.  Paying Chris Davis $161 million over seven years in a ballpark that is more than hitter friendly seems crazy at this point.  The O’s failed to investing in ANY substantial starting pitching and has been there undoing over the past several seasons.

The Orioles certainly swung and missed numerous times with Manny Machado.  The logical move is to trade him for any level of adequate starting pitching and build around players like Jonathan Scoop and Trey Mancini.  Manny Machado will be flying the coup in Baltimore whether it’s up to the Orioles where he goes remains to be seen.

 

 

 

 

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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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