By: Enrique Medina
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have officially acquired 4-time all star Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles for a package of 5 prospects, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
The deal was reported to have gone through a “possible snag” where some of the prospects going to Baltimore had problems with their physicals, according to reports from Steve Phillips. The whole situation was solved quickly as the deal is now complete.
In the deal the, the Orioles acquired Dodgers #4 prospect, outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-handed pitcher Dean Kremer, third baseman Rylan Bannon, right-handed reliever Zach Pop, and third baseman Breyvic Valera.
Diaz, the centerpiece of the trade, made headlines on Sunday being the 2nd player ever to hit 2 homeruns in the Futures Game. The 21 year old outfielder has a .314 batting average with 6 Home Runs, 30 RBI’s along to go with a .905 OPS on the year with Double-A Tulsa. Diaz provides Baltimore a young prospect that has very hits for good contact and is a solid fielder with above average speed. Over time the power may come, but is a good overall fit for Baltimore.
Also notable in the deal, Bannon has compiled a .296 batting average with 20 home runs and 61 RBI’s in Single-A. While Kremer (the #28 prospect in the Dodgers farm system before the deal), has a 6-3 record with a 3.03 ERA, and 126 strikeouts in 86 innings for Double-A Tulsa.
Pop this season has a 1.04 ERA in his time with Double-A and Single-A where opponents have hit .168 against him and Valera has a .284 batting average this season with 6 home runs and 25 RBI’s.
With the deal, the Dodgers are getting Machado, who seems to be having arguably his best season offensively speaking in his career to date through the first half. Machado already has 24 home runs, 65 RBI’s, and a .963 OPS while hitting .315 this season. He will be added to a lineup that already has a resurging Matt Kemp, surprise story Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, and Justin Turner among others. His presence to the lineup will undoubtedly make the LA lineup one of the most feared in baseball. The acquisition of Machado could now well also make the Dodgers the favorites to win the NL West and the NL Pennant.
The deal made perfect sense for LA after the loss of shortstop Corey Seager for the year to a UCL injury. Machado will fill in at shortstop and possibly third as Dave Roberts has discussed it to him, potentially forcing Chris Taylor to move to either 2nd base or back to the outfield. If all goes well in his time in LA too, there could even be a really good shot Machado can stay with the Dodgers and sign a long term deal in free agency with them.
Ironically enough, Machado’s first 2 series with the Dodgers are against the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies, 2 of the teams that were most in talks with the Orioles along with LA.
Now 10 years after acquiring Boston Red Sox’s Manny Ramirez, could this be Mannywood Part 2 in Los Angeles?