One of the worst kept secrets in baseball over the past 24 hours, is Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Despite reports that the Philadelphia Phillies were also in on Machado, the Dodgers have once again outbid the competition. Their history of deadline deals dates as far back as 2008, when they dealt for another Manny (Ramirez), of the Boston Red Sox. Last season, they dealt for Yu Darvish, from the Texas Rangers. Now 2018, the Dodgers again add the crown jewel of the summer in Machado.
Machado broke into the big leagues in 2012, at the age of 19. The 4-time All-Star recently made the transition back to shortstop this season, after several years at third base, in an effort to maximize his earning-potential this upcoming off-season. At age 25, Machado is entering his prime, setting him up to get PAID this off season. As he heads to L.A., he takes with him a .315/.387/.575 slash line, and an incredible .963 OPS this season. Finally in a big market, and playing meaningful baseball, Machado is now poised to push the Dodgers to the promised land.
Currently the Dodgers sit 1/2 game up on the Arizona Diamondbacks to lead the National League West division, but have been riddled with injuries thus far. They have lost their all-star shortstop Corey Seager for the season due to Tommy-John surgery, while several other regulars have been off and on of the disabled list all season. This move to beef up their batting order will certainly be welcomed, as the only player hitting above .276 is Matt Kemp, and hitting .244 as a team (L.A. Times & ESPN). Beyond this season, there is no guarantee that Machado will stay in L.A. The team seems set at shortstop with Seager, and third base is locked up with Justin Turner. Not that Machado would agree to play there again. On the surface, it seems that this deal is purely a rental arrangement, but one that will surely be mutually beneficial.