Manny Machado to Dodgers near-certain

Tanya Simon
July 18, 2018

Still, Baltimore all but confirmed the deal after Machado exited the All-Star Game for a pinch hitter, tweeting a highlight with the text, "You've done us proud, Manny".

Several outlets reported Tuesday morning that the Dodgers and Phillies were the frontrunners for the All-Star shortstop, who is in the final year of his contract with Baltimore and projected to fetch a long-term deal approaching $300 million as a free agent this winter. Not to mention, when looking at some of the other teams in the conversation trying to land Machado such as the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers, the Phillies should just be thrilled they're even in consideration for a landing spot.

The Orioles drafted Machado with the third overall pick in 2010, and he debuted in 2012.

The trade would greatly benefit the Dodgers, who lost shortstop Corey Seager in May due to season-ending Tommy John surgery.

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After looking all-but finished in mid-May, at 16-26 and 8.5 games back in the NL West, the Dodgers are now 53-43 and a half-game up on the Arizona Diamondbacks for the division lead. Machado is having a career year at the plate in 2018, with a slash line of.315/.387.575 and 24 home runs.

"We've got a great locker room, and I think he would fit right in", Dodgers all-star pitcher Ross Stripling said Tuesday afternoon.

MLB Network reported the Dodgers' fourth-best prospect, outfielder Yusniel Diaz, is in the Dodgers' offer.

"I'm going to go out there, enjoy myself, keep playing". There will be a time and place for everything. Machado fielded a question about his next stop being Los Angeles.

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