By: Nick Pooler
The Dodgers agreed to terms with the Orioles to acquire all-star SS Manny Machado. There were talks all year long on where he would end up and how much it would take. For the Dodgers, it did not take a single major league player. The Orioles ended up with OF Yusniel Diaz, RHP Dean Kremer, 3B Rylan Bannon, RHP Zach Pop and 3B Breyvic Valera. In other words, a top ten prospect and four lottery tickets. These prospects could turn out to be gold or they could turn out to be throw ins in the Machado trade.
After Dodgers starting shortstop Corey Seager went out for the year with an injury, it was a no brainer for the Dodgers to go after Machado with his expiring contract. They have no need to sign him back next year unless Seager moves over to second base. Even if he is just a rental for the 2nd half and the playoffs, this rental could get the Dodgers one further step then they were last year.
Machado has 24 home runs and 65 RBI’s and started at shortstop for the American League All-Star team this past week. He now enters a lineup that could very well be the most lethal in the game. He joins the likes of Matt Kemp, Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Yasmani Grandal and many others. This team is in the middle of a division race out west with the Rockies, Giants and Diamondbacks and will look to get passed them with this move.
As for the Orioles, they start from scratch. It will be difficult judging by the fact they still have players like Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo, Brad Brach, Darren O’Day, Chris Tillman, Zach Britton and Adam Jones. All players whose names could be huge in more trades. They will look to build with the core of Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Mychal Givens, Miguel Castro, Chance Sisco, Jonathan Schoop, Trey Mancini and now Yusniel Diaz. They have potential but will need a lot of help in the meantime.
Until we can see how these prospects play out, the Dodgers clearly won the trade. But in 5-10 years we could look back at this and the Dodgers could have very well just traded five all-stars away. Only time will tell and that is why baseball trades are the most interesting of them all. Stay tuned to hear if any other players get traded come deadline time and check out our twitter page for everyday sports news and updates.