Orioles Have Narrowed Focus In Manny Machado Talks

Tanya Simon
July 18, 2018

If Machado is headed to the Dodgers, it will mark the second time in a few weeks that Philadelphia has lost out to Los Angeles in the bidding for a high-profile athlete.

The Baltimore Orioles continue to make progress on a Manny Machado trade and have narrowed their focus to a smaller group of teams, according to sources.

Over the past several days, three finalists have emerged for Machado - the Dodgers, Phillies and Brewers - and despite numerous reports, the Orioles have done a good job of not revealing one team as a frontrunner over the others. As rumors swirled about his imminent departure from the Orioles, Machado addressed the media Monday, acknowledging it would feel different to play for another team.

"I'm just anxious about the game today and whatever happens moving forward will happen", said Machado, who will represent the Orioles in the All-Star Game. But that's all but over after recent reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers will land the superstar.

The Dodgers have been aggressive in their pursuit of Machado with their own All-Star shortstop, Corey Seager, out for the season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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There's no official confirmation that the Phillies have landed Machado, but all signs are pointing in that direction.

According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, there Orioles have a "handshake agreement" with another team regarding a deal involving Machado. I'd like to be with the organization that I've been with, not learning new faces, not learning new names.

Machado entered the break hitting.315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs. Of course, Machado is a game-changing player who any team is lucky to have, but he's not addressing a crucial need. "Whether we lose, whether we win, whether I don't, you just go out there and leave it on the field". "Get these answers done with and just get it over with already".

"Machado said Showalter came and told him: "'I'm going to take you out.

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