The Manny Machado sweepstakes likely (and mercifully) are nearing an end.
The Baltimore Orioles shortstop has been the subject of trade rumors for what feels like forever. And with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline fast-approaching, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers have emerged as the two teams “most serious” about finding a deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday, citing sources.
A trade is hardly imminent, however.
At this point, it seems like a matter of when, rather than if, Machado will be dealt. Even the 26-year-old himself has accepted the reality that his days in Charm City probably are numbered.
Whichever team gets Machado truly will be adding one of the game’s premier talents.
Through six-plus seasons, Machado has been named to three All-Star teams, won two Gold Glove Awards and hit .282 with 159 homers and 466 RBIs. This season, the Florida native is hitting .310 with 21 homers and 60 RBIs.
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