By: Noah Wright
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Orioles all-star shortstop/third baseman is nearly a guarente to end the season with another team, for he is on the last year of his contract, and on a struggling team as of now. Machado had been moved to shortstop this year, and so far, he has batted better than season’s past, with a .327/.339/.619 line to go along with 14 home runs and a league leading 44 RBI’s. While his shortstop defense has been somewhat underwhelming (-8 DRS, -.5 defensive WAR, -3.1 UZR), he has always rated as a way above average third baseman, but has previously stated he didn’t want to move back to third. With his status up in the air, and multiple teams looking for a bat like him, let's look at some possible suitors for Manny Machado.
1.) LA Dodgers: With all-star shortstop and MVP candidate having to undergo season ending Tommy John Surgery, and having enough prospects to make a trade like this, it seems The Dodgers are the perfect candidate to make a trade for Machado. The one thing is, The Dodgers are 23/28 and could potentially be sellers if they do not increase production from their pitching, and offense.
2.) NY Yankees: The Yankees have enough prospect depth to make a trade for Manny, but like stated earlier, Machado wants to stay at short, and Didi Gregorius is blocking that right now. While they could move Didi to third, rookie Miguel Andujar has been performing well as of lately. If Andujar’s productions takes a fall off a cliff, The Yankees could be more interested in Machado, but right now, I do not see them making a trade for him.
3.) Phillies: The Phillies have been somewhat surprise contenders for The NL East, which has put them in talk about being buyers at the deadline. Like The Yankees and Dodgers, The Phillies have a deep enough farm to acquire Machado, and room on the line-up/roster to do so, with current third baseman, Maikel Franco being inconsistent with his bat, and shortstop J.P. Crawford in The DL, and has experience at third, second base as well.
4.) Cubs: The Cubs shortstop, Addison Russell, while he has a very good glove (7 DRS, 1 defensive WAR, 3.1 UZR), has struggled with the bat. So far this year, Russell is batting .253, but with a .701 OPS. The Cubs could use the Machado’s bat, but do not have nearly as deep of a farm system as previously mentioned teams, and The Orioles are likely to be looking for prospects.
5.) Atlanta Braves: Like The Phillies, The Braves have been surprise contenders for The NL East, though have been using patchwork at third base until top prospect, Austin Riley is ready. Currently, The Braves have used Ryan Flaherty (mainly), Johan Camargo, Jose Bautista (until they released him), and Charlie Culberson at the hot corner. While Ryan Flaherty has produced well enough (.275/.368/.376) to stay at the hot corner for now, The Braves could use an upgrade, and they have enough prospects to make a trade for a big name player, Machado wants to stay at short. It is possible The Braves could move current young shortstop Dansby Swanson to the hot corner for part of the season, but it is unlikely.
6.) St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals infield offense has been somewhat underwhelming, with Paul DeJong and Jose Martinez the only ones batting above .250/.315/.470, and DeJong is on The DL right now. While The Cards do not have the farm systems of teams like other potential suitors for Machado, they do have prospects they could deal.
Manny Machado, who is currently on the last year of his contract, is also on The Orioles who are currently struggling. It is all but confirmed he will be on another team by the end of the season. There are also a handful of teams that have the potential to acquire the all-star shortstop/third basemen.