Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

The Brewers and Dodgers are Most Serious about Manny Machado

The Brewers and Dodgers are Most Serious about Manny Machado

April 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA: Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

For months now, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado has been the centerpiece of all major trade talk around the league. The New York Yankees aren't content to sign Machado during the offseason, the team reportedly is trying to get him right now. After going 2-for-3 in the Orioles' 10-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on July 8, he's hitting.313 with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs. As Rosenthal notes, the Yankees could make the Orioles a stronger offer than the other teams that have been rumored to be looking at Machado.

Baltimore could be attempting to persuade the Dodgers by sweetening the pot as Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reported that the Orioles have also discussed moving All-Star closer Zach Britton. "It kind of gets a little bit distracting at times. You just try to put it aside and just try to go out there and try to represent the organization as best as I can". He encouraged them to "keep rooting for us, keep rooting for me, keep their heads up high". The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers are considered the favorites to land Machado, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, but the Yankees have spoken with their division rivals about a possible trade. "Like I said before, I've answered all the questions I needed to answer". "They brought me up, I got drafted here, this has been home for the last seven years". Asked to compare this July to ones where the team has tried to add, he's said there's not much difference to what will happen to these Orioles than years past. If the Yankees' best chance of getting better is by adding a star hitter and above-average relievers, that could be the route they take.

"For me to that jersey on, it will be like the first time that I was selected for the All-Star Game". Machado insisted he was a shortstop Monday night. Their current shortstop, Chris Taylor, has played second base and center field for them this year as well as third base and left field for them last year.

I've already given you the stats that show that Manny Machado is one of the best hitters in the game this year. I started one at third, now I'm starting one at short. We're just very excited. I think there's a great opportunity here, in a lot of ways. On defense, his fielding percentage of.978 is seventh amongst shortstops in the AL.

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