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Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Manny Machado reacts to potential trade to Dodgers

Manny Machado reacts to potential trade to Dodgers

It is not yet known which team Machado will be traded to, but the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies have been invested in their pursuit of the All-Star shortstop.

An official with direct knowledge of the deal spoke to Nightengale on condition of anonymity as the deal has not been finalized yet.

As Machado prepares for Tuesday night's All-Star Game in what could be his final appearance in an Orioles uniform, Fancred reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers have emerged as the leading contender to acquire Machado in a trade.

Another potential option is pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu who's 2018 salary is at $7.83M, though he is now recovering from an injury.

Like I said this morning, if the Dodgers do wind up getting Machado, as it seemed they might from the moment Corey Seager went down for the year, I tend to think that's among the better outcomes out there.

Todd Zolekci of MLB.com said Tuesday afternoon that while Machado appeared heading to the Dodgers, Philadelphia's front office thought they still were in the running.

The Orioles also signed free agent starting pitchers Andrew Cashner and Alex Cobb to two and four-year deals before the start of this season to try and piece together an improved pitching unit from last year. Machado, hitting.315 with a.963 on-base-plus-slugging percentage and 24 home runs, fills a clear need with a superstar.

"No, no. I'm putting it on and I'm going to represent the organization in the right way", he said Monday. But for now, I'm just trying to worry about today, not try to worry about anything else. "There will be a time and place for everything".

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