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Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson staying put?

Clubs seeking third-base help could begin turning to a free-agent market soon

After weeks of dangling Manny Machado on the open market, industry sources told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com that the All-Star 3B will still be playing the Hot Corner for the Baltimore Orioles in 2018.

Baltimore has been listening to offers for Machado for better part of the month, and while many teams have expressed serious interest in acquiring the 25-year-old, none have put forth an offer to pry him away from the O's.

It is believed that the Orioles are seeking two controllable starting pitchers for Machado, who is set to become a free agent after the 2018 season. That price seems to be too steep for Machado, at least not without the chance to sign him to a long-term extension -- something that seems extremely unlikely this close to free agency.

According to a source, the Orioles will continue to listen to interested teams, but they don't plan on moving Machado for a discounted package. That could change come July if Baltimore is out of the race, but for now, the asking price remains high.

Toronto's Josh Donaldson -- another All-Star third baseman slated to become a free agent next offseason -- has also been the subject of multiple trade rumors in recent weeks, but a source said the Blue Jays continue to be resolute in their desire to hold on to their franchise player, believing they will contend for a postseason berth this year.

With the two players likely to stay put with their respective teams, clubs seeking third-base help could begin turning to a free-agent market that includes Mike Moustakas, Todd Frazier and Eduardo Nunez.

MLB.com | By Mark Feinsand

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