Manny Machado soon might move in more ways than one.
The Baltimore Orioles are shopping their star player this offseason, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday, citing Major League Baseball sources. Machado will be a free agent after next season, and the Orioles don’t expect him to sign a long-term extension. Baltimore would like to acquire “two young, controllable starting pitchers,” in exchange for the three-time All-Star, according to Rosenthal.
Machado, 25, also has a major goal for his own future: He’d like to play shortstop on a full-time basis, despite having won Gold Glove awards as a third baseman in 2013 and 2015.
The Orioles reportedly have received a few calls regarding a possible trade for the infielder, and the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees are believed to be interested in his services. Boston Red Sox fans can take solace in this, though: Rosenthal cited sources saying Orioles owner Peter Angelos doesn’t want to trade with the Yankees, which would seem to rule out the Bronx Bombers … for now, at least.
Regardless of what position he plays, Machado has proved to be one of the best all-around infielders in the game. The two-time Gold Glove winner is also a three-time All-Star and has hit at least 33 home runs in each of his last three seasons.