By: Nick Pooler
1, Philadelphia Phillies-
The Phillies are a team that hasn’t really been successful since the 2011. From 2006-2011 they finished first in their division and have not had a winning season since. This season they acquired SP Jake Arrieta and 1B Carlos Santana. They also have key players who have stepped up for them this season including SP Aaron Nola, SP Nick Pivetta, IF Scott Kingery, and IF/OF Rhys Hoskins. One thing they are missing is that big all-star name which could just so happen to be SS Manny Machado. The Phillies let go of Freddy Galvis at SS when young phenom JP Crawford made his way to the big leagues. Crawford is currently on the disabled list and is batting .198 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI’s. Acquiring Machado and a back end reliever to join Pat Neshek will put them over the hump to where they need to be.
- New York Yankees-
Every Yankee hater out there is going to hate this even more. After trading for Giancarlo Stanton this is the last thing that the Yankees need. By acquiring Machado, it would likely cost the Yankees Miguel Andujar and several 2 top prospects. If this move happens, the Yankees are looking at a lineup like this: LF Brett Gardner, RF Aaron Judge, SS Didi Gregorius, 3B Manny Machado, DH Giancarlo Stanton, C Gary Sanchez, 2B Gleyber Torres, 1B Greg Bird, CF Aaron Hicks. Now that is scary. If this lineup comes together and gets Sonny Gray going to how he used to be, they could be one of the favorites out of the American League. Keep an eye out on the Bronx Bombers as they have never been afraid to make big moves for short term.
- Los Angeles Dodgers-
The Dodgers started out this season by losing their top hitter SS Corey Seager. This then fell to them losing several games in the NL West until recently when they went on an absolute tear and broke ahead in first place. Machado would love to play in LA and would likely leave next year once Seager is back. So why not go to the defending National Champs for a year then get to choose where he wants to go next season? Unfortunately for him, it is not his choice. The hard part about the Dodgers making this happen is their lack of minor league prospects compared to other teams. Although I could see him sitting smack in the middle of the Dodger blue lineup with the likes of Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, I’d say the Dodgers would have to pull some major strings to make this one happen.