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Heyman | Orioles may pull Manny Machado off trading block

Jon Heyman



Sep 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) fields a ground ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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The Baltimore Orioles, to this point dissatisfied with the trade offers for star third baseman Manny Machado, intend to pull him off the trading block in a couple days if the offers don’t improve, sources say.

Baltimore has been seeking young, controllable talent in return for Machado, generally considered to be one of the top five players in the game, but the Orioles will “move on to other things” if nobody steps up with what they see as a fair deal perhaps as soon as “today or tomorrow,” according to someone familiar with their thinking.

The Orioles are telling people they’d be interested in a deal along the lines of what the Braves got several years ago for young star Jason Heyward as a “five-year” young star (meaning one year to go before free agency). Atlanta received top young pitcher Shelby Miller in that trade for Heyward before sending Miller to Arizona a year later in an even more-remembered trade for Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte.

Baltimore has fielded trade inquiries for Machado from the Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox, Yankees, Giants, Phillies, Diamondbacks and others. But, with a trade and free-agent market flush with very good third basemen (Mike Moustakas, Todd Frazier, Evan Longoria and perhaps Josh Donaldson), the offers for Machado haven’t come close to even tempting to this point.

While no one is calling this a hard deadline for a Machado deal, and they could return later to this pursuit, the Orioles are suggesting they will shift to other priorities if things don’t pick up quickly. The Orioles are seeking two starting pitchers to bolster a rotation fronted by young starters Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman but pretty thin after that.

They also are expected to more seriously gauge interest in star closer Zach Britton, who’s believed to have drawn attention from the Dodgers, Cubs, Cardinals, Rockies and others. Interest in Britton, like Machado, who is free agent after the year, is starting to pick up after the contracts for set-up men and middle relievers came in high at the Winter Meetings.

As for Machado, just about all those teams have the young talent to go in a deal for Machado, though the White Sox, Cardinals and Yankees may be best positioned in terms of the right type of prospects. The Cubs and Diamondbacks would seem to be thinking of Machado as a shortstop since they have young star third basemen, and Arizona has not shown any inclination to this point to include Jake Lamb in a Machado deal.


Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.