Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

The Baseball Report: All-Star Rosters Announced, Machado Trade Talks Heat Up

The Baseball Report: All-Star Rosters Announced, Machado Trade Talks Heat Up

For many Baltimore Orioles fans, it would be a nightmare - Manny Machado wearing a New York Yankees uniform as the starting shortstop for the American League All-Star team in nearby Washington, D.C.

It's the second consecutive year that the Orioles will have just one representative in the All-Star Game. That's the only thing that keeps me going.

There was a new one Monday at Camden Yards - Machado spoke with such inevitability of a move, to a line of questioning so resigned to such a fate, that he ended up essentially saying goodbye before it's time.

Eight teams - Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Indians and Phillies - are amongst those battling for the playoffs that are considered possible destinations for the slugger.

One of these teams nipping at Baltimore's heels is the Los Angeles Dodgers, and although the exact makeup of their proposed trade to the Orioles is not known, Jon Morosi's sources say that Baltimore might be interesting in pursuing a deal with L.A.

"Every jersey I've put on has been [as] an Oriole", Machado said. That said, teams aren't going to be willing to pay what the Orioles were asking for over winter.

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"Manny, you can tell, I think playing shortstop really - I don't know if it energized [him] - but was really something he really wanted to be good at and it is obvious that a lot of people feel that way", Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. The organization gave me the opportunity to go back to shortstop and play my natural position.

A Platinum Glove Award victor and three-time All-Star at third base, Machado moved back to his original position this season. On Sunday night, he was named the AL starter at shortstop for the Midsummer Classic, beating out a stacked field that includes Houston's Carlos Correa, Cleveland's Francisco Lindor, Seattle's Jean Segura and Andrelton Simmons of the Angels.

Machado, who turned 26 July 6, is having a terrific year offensively.

If a deal happens before the All-Star Game on July 18 and Machado winds up in the National League, he could lose his starting AL spot. Machado has a.312 batting average, .381 OBP, and a.560 SLG with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs at 343 at bats. "That's all I've been thinking about". We're just very excited.

After losing star Corey Seager for the season to Tommy John surgery, the Dodgers are looking for a reliable shortstop in the market as they solidify their campaign for a sixth straight National League West title.

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