Manny Machado’s time with the Orioles is finally over. Baltimore traded the 26-year old, four-time All Star to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package of minor league prospects.
Baltimore needed to move Machado before the July 31, non-waiver trade deadline or else they would have got nothing for him, as he will hit the free agent market after this season and will get paid handsomely.
Machado is having an MVP-caliber season, yet you wouldn’t know that as the O’s are currently 28-69 as the second half is getting underway. The former No. 3 overall pick in 2010 has a slash line of .315/.575/.963 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs. He is having a historic season, in line to be the best of his young career, and he is doing it at the right time.
Contract years can make or break players and this season, Machado is having a season that will certainly warrant whichever team decides to pay him nine-figures in the offseason.
Baltimore listened to a bevy of offers from teams across the league and ultimately went with the Dodgers package. Now, for Los Angeles, Machado will be a trade deadline rental player, but that isn’t a bad thing, as shown by the past two World Series winners.
In 2016, Chicago traded for Aroldis Chapman to anchor the bullpen. Last season, the Houston Astros traded for Justin Verlander, but he wasn’t a rental player.
The Orioles will now be in full rebuild mode and are hoping the young guys the Dodgers sent over will help that process.
The crown jewel of the package is 21-year old outfielder, Yusniel Diaz. He is ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Dodgers system and has gotten it done at the plate this season for double-A Tulsa. On the season, he is batting .314 with 10 doubles, six home runs and four triples.
Also included in the deal is 22-year-old infielder Rylan Bannon, who is the No. 27 ranked Dodgers prospect. He is having himself quite the season for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, batting .296 with 20 home runs, 17 doubles and six triples.
The Orioles also got a pair of right-handed arms, which is good because pitching has been lackluster in Baltimore. Dean Kremer is 22-years old and is 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 86 1/3 innings pitched for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Zach Pop, a 21-year old reliever could be huge down the road for the O’s as his fastball tops 99 MPH. He has a 1.04 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 47 strikeouts for Class-A Great Lakes and Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
The fifth player in the deal is 26-year old utility man Breyvie Valera. He is not that good of a hitter, but makes up for it with his ability to play seemingly anywhere that he is needed. He played in 20 games for Los Angles this season and batted an abysmal .172.
At the end of the day, the Manny Machado era is officially over in Baltimore. As stated before, this is a deal the Orioles had to get done or risk getting nothing in return once Machado hits the open market. Machado will now have a legitimate shot of winning a World Series with the Dodgers and then will get paid big time after the season.