We are 30 days away from the trade deadline, so let’s break down where Manny Machado may go.
The Philadelphia Phillies are said to be one of the most active pursuers of Machado, per Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports. Heyman states, “One person with Phillies connections suggested they are not amenable to trading their very top pitching prospects like Sixto Sanchez; however, they have a nice list of pitching prospects that also includes Enyel De Los Santos, Adonis Medina and others and also the type of young infielders who might entice the Orioles, who are looking to restock that position, as well.” The Phillies are currently 3.0 games back in the NL East, but they are in the second wild card spot. Machado would be a great pickup for the Phillies as they are not producing from the left side of the infield. Manny can help Philadelphia make a push and win the East.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are also said to be pursuing Machado heavily. The Dodgers have been connected to Manny since their star shortstop, Corey Seager, had to have season ending surgery on his right elbow. According to Heyman, “one rival executive took it a step further, suggesting he believes the Dodgers are trying to keep it quiet.” Kike’ Hernandez and Chris Taylor have done their job so far this season, but it would not hurt to pick up an All Star like Machado. The Dodgers are currently 3.5 games back in the NL West.
The Chicago Cubs have been connected to many rumors with Manny Machado since the early winter. It basically comes down to this for the Cubs. Do you want to get Manny and extend him? Or do you want to go after Harper this offseason? Addison Russell has showed that he can produce for the Cubs on offense and defense, so why get Machado? I say the Cubs go after pitching at the deadline and let someone else get rid of their studs.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are sitting pretty atop of the NL West, but you have to think about the future. With Corbin and Pollock becoming free agents at the end of the season, does Arizona bite the bullet and go after Machado now?
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