Chicago Cubs must avoid trading for Manny Machado

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado

Machado's four All-Star Game selections are the second-most for any current Oriole, following center fielder Adam Jones (five).

As the calendar draws nearer to Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline, the more rumors and speculation swirl around Baltimore Orioles star shortstop Manny Machado. Heyman recently reported that Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers "isn't going anywhere", which would make it virtually impossible for the Sox to acquire any player of Machado's caliber this summer. The 26-year-old is hitting.313/.382/.560, with 21 home runs, this season. As Rosenthal notes, the Yankees could make the Orioles a stronger offer than the other teams that have been rumored to be looking at Machado.

The Orioles, who dropped to 40 games below.500 with Saturday's 5-4 loss in Minnesota, are active in dialogue with several teams, and a deal could actually get done as soon as this weekend, said the source, although that seems unlikely. "It kind of gets a little bit distracting at times". He's still doing his best to "go out there and have fun" on a daily basis.

Sources on Sunday identified the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers as the most serious suitors for Machado, but the Yankees' farm system likely is strong enough to trump any club's offer, assuming the Orioles are willing to send him to NY as a rental. It's something the superstar has been forced to deal with all year long. That's the only thing that keeps me going.

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A trade before the All-Star Game could leave the Orioles without an All-Star Game representative in a year the event is just down the road in Washington. "This organization means a lot, and I'll never be ungrateful for the opportunity that they've given to me". Machado insisted he was a shortstop Monday night. It's also worth noting that the Orioles shortstop will become a free agent after this season.

I've already given you the stats that show that Manny Machado is one of the best hitters in the game this year. A similar scenario occurred in 2014 when Jeff Samardzija, who had been named to the National League All-Star team, was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Oakland Athletics.

Showalter said: "I'd very much like to be adding, but we feel like potentially, we will add - really well". It's just made us better and brought us closer together. I didn't think I would get it. Defensively, his.978 fielding percentage is seventh among AL shortstops, while his minus-18 runs saved ranks last.

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