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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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2019 Trade Deadline Highlights

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In a shocking, last-minute deal, Zack Greinke has a new home (CBS Sports).

This year’s Trade Deadline in the MLB wasn’t as boisterous as previous seasons and might rank as one of the less-exciting ones in history. There was still a good number of high-profile moves, however, and a few big names went on to new homes. Here’s a look at the more notable acquisitions of July 31, 2019 and how they will impact the teams that got the big returns.

Blue Jays trade RHP Marcus Stroman to Mets in exchange for RHP Anthony Kay, RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson

The move that unofficially kicked off trading season was a bit of a head scratcher. It had long been rumored that Toronto was shopping ace Marcus Stroman, but the team he ended up with isn’t exactly a contender. The Mets are currently four games under .500 and may not be vying for the postseason in 2019. The move is likely another part of the Mets rebuilding process, and since Noah Syndergaard stayed put, New York may have a formidable rotation next season.

Indians acquire LHP Scott Moss, OF Yasiel Puig from Reds and OF Franmil Reyes, LHP Logan Allen and IF Victor Nova from Padres, Padres acquire OF Taylor Trammell from Reds, Indians acquire Reds acquire RHP Trevor Bauer from Indians

The literal biggest trade of the day was a this three-team blockbuster. Trevor Bauer firing the ball over the center field wall on Sunday after he was pulled in the fifth inning ended up being the last pitch he threw in an Indians uniform. A day later the Tribe rid itself of his petulance and pulled off a massive trade with intrastate rival Cincinnati as well as San Diego that saw Bauer go to the Reds and Reds top prospect Taylor Tramell go to the Friars. Cleveland received a host of players from both teams, most namely Yasiel Puig, who is ironically also known as a prima donna.

Though Bauer is undeniably talented when he keeps his act together and bolsters the Reds attempts to trend upward, San Diego may have won the trade with Tramell, MLB’s no. 30 overall prospect.

Rays acquire 1B Jesus Aguilar from Brewers in exchange for RHP Jacob Faria

Milwaukee was certainly brewing before the Deadline and made a commendable effort to improve its pitching. GM David Stearns’ most notable move was a straight swap with the Rays that brought back righty Jacob Faria in exchange for power hitting 1B Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar is having a down year but has proven many times that he can be deadly. He gives the Rays the big bat they’ve been seeking in their hunt for a Wild Card berth.

It’s a good move for both sides because it clears Milwaukee’s infield logjam and gives the team another quality starter. Faria never quite broke out in Tampa Bay but a change of scenery always has potential to pay dividends. After having already gotten Jordan Lyles from Pittsburgh on Monday, the Brewers made another move and got Drew Pomeranz from San Fransisco later on Wednesday. Though none of the returns are big name guys, Milwaukee is serious about making another run after coming so close last year.

Cubs acquire OF Nicholas Castellanos from Tigers in exchange for RHP Alex Lange and RHP Paul Richan.

The Cubs made their chances of taking the NL Central back even better with this move. Nicholas Castellanos has been one of the MLB’s more underrated players in recent years, largely because he was on the Tigers after the team’s glory days of the early 2010s ended. Adding him to a lineup that already includes Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez gives the Cubbies even more firepower, especially given Castellanos success vs. lefty pitchers. It’s also a great move for him personally as he gets to join a contending team at last. The Cubs are vying to appear in the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, and their chances look pretty good.

Astros acquire RHP Zack Greinke from Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Corbin Martin, RHP JB Bukauskas, IF Josh Rojas and IF Seth Beer

If Houston was scary good before this trade, they’re terrifyingly good now. The Astros just added Zack Greinke to a rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in a last-minute deal that wasn’t announced until after the deadline officially passed. Arizona received a package of four minor leaguers in return as the team is now officially in the rebuilding process.

Like Verlander, Greinke is in the second half of his thirties but has not declined at all and owned a 10-4 record with a 2.90 on a sub-par Diamondbacks team at the time of his departure. The six-time All-Star’s presence gives Houston the best rotation in baseball by far and should get the knees of any upcoming opponent knocking. The MLB said it best on Instagram today, “Facing Houston? You have a problem.”

Notable non-moves:

  • After being heavily rumored as top targets, Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner are still members of their longtime teams.
  • The Boston Red Sox, whose bullpen has blown 18 saves, made no moves to improve its relief core, to the amazement of the team’s fanbase.
  • The New York Yankees were thought to be Syndergaard’s top suitor, but the team did not acquire any starting pitching to aid Aaron Boone’s struggling rotation.

What was the biggest move of the deadline this year? Be sure to let us know on Twitter @HomeRunDaily.

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Athletics Acquire Tanner Roark

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Tanner Roark

The Oakland Athletics have acquired right hander Tanner Roark from the Cincinnati Reds, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder Jamerson Hannah will be heading to Cincinnati, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, the Reds will pick up $2.1 million of Roark’s remaining salary.

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado

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The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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