They have a herd of impending free agents on their team that they will probably trade and the best player is shortstop Manny Machado and according to MLB.com, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are the front runners for the shortstop who is leading the AL in voting for starting at shortstop in the All Star Game.
But after learning of his fourth All-Star Game selection Sunday just two days after turning 26, Machado said while he realizes his days with the only major league organization he knows are likely numbered, he will take special pride representing the Orioles in the midsummer classic for likely his final time as trade rumors continue to intensify with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looming.
Machado also participated in the All-Star Game in 2013, 2015 and 2016. He's 1-for-6 during his three All-Star Games. He had an RBI double in the 2015 game at Cincinnati.
Who else is in the running to acquire Manny Machado? As Morosi's tweet suggests, trading for Machado is a risk, as he may not re-sign with the team he is traded to. Opposing pitchers should be really concerned about how well Machado might play if he's fully focused.
"It's all interesting, the great experiences that you learn", Machado said in Philadelphia on July 4. Machado is a player who is skilled enough for other teams to jump at the offer, however not good enough for team morale or on the field to make the Orioles a better team. He earned the starting shortstop spot on the AL All-Star team by hitting 21 home runs with a.309/.379/.555 slash line. Whatever their plan is for the future, it doesn't seem like it's going to include Manny Machado, at least this season. While each team must have a player, there is no requirement that a replacement come from the same team.
It's the second consecutive year that the Orioles will have just one representative in the All-Star Game. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop was picked previous year.
April 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA: Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. His individual performance can still delight Orioles fans for now, but they need to enjoy their superstar shortstop while they still have the chance. O'Day and Tillman are now on the disabled list. Besides Machado, Jones and Schoop, first baseman Chris Davis, designated hitter Mark Trumbo, relievers Brad Brach, Zach Britton and Darren O'Day and starter Chris Tillman have all been picked once.