By: Nick Wells
Manny Machado, the four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner, has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for five prospects. The Dodgers, who lost Corey Seager to Tommy John surgery earlier in the season, got just what they needed to push themselves further into first place in the NL West Division.
Machado has been playing some of the best baseball of his career going into the All-Star break, hitting .315/.387/.575 and smacking 24 dingers on an Orioles team that has been one of the worst teams in the league this year (28-69). He’s had no problem going out and putting on a spectacular performance amidst the constant rumors of where the Orioles would eventually ship him to. It wouldn’t have been much of a surprise if he changed jerseys in the middle of the All-Star game. With this move, the Dodgers are looking to go all the way again this year after falling to the Astros in seven games in the 2017 World Series. After struggling early in the year, sitting on a 16-26 record after their sixth straight loss on May 16, Los Angeles has rocketed back up to first place, a half-game ahead of the Diamondbacks. If Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig can stay healthy, and Clayton Kershaw can get back to his Cy Young self, the Dodgers, may take Manny on his first trip to the World Series.
The Orioles have received Yusniel Diaz, the Dodgers number 4 prospect in their pipeline, along with prospects Kremer, Pop, Bannon and Valera. The deal took some time to complete as the teams ran into trouble with the medical information on one of the prospects in the deal. However, the teams finally came to an agreement Wednesday evening.
Buck Showalter’s guys just haven’t been able to put it together this year, with Manny being the only thing that the team really had going for them. They have three players in their regular lineup not even passing the .200 BA mark, and the lowest ERA out of their starting rotation is 4.33 coming from Kevin Gausman. The team has also been rumored to be also moving closer Zach Britton as well before the deadline, who’s been a spectacular shutdown guy in the ninth inning but has dealt with injury trouble for the past few seasons. Camden hasn’t been a happy place to be this year, with many fans attending to pay their respects and say goodbye to the superstar they’ve gotten to watch show out for past six years. With the Orioles getting rid of their only exciting players left, I know the rebuilding phase can be tough on a fanbase. But don’t worry, it will all come together in the future and things will get better…maybe.
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