Another year, another Manny Machado isn't going anywhere Winter, as the Baltimore Orioles appear to be pulling back their intentions to trade their All-Star infielder after various made offers for the Dominican player.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Machado will be staying with the Orioles "unless someone drastically changes their offer."
Several teams like the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees - though the Orioles seem set on not trading Machado in the AL East -, have all made offers to the Orioles for the 25-year-old infielder, but it appears they haven't come close so far.
And that is because Baltimore are not setting their goals in a trade for Machado on a realistic point of view. Nobody is gonna give you there absolute best trade package when they are trading a player that will be only under control for one season, maybe if they would of the smart thing and traded him a year ago they would get the Gleyber Torres and a bunch more type deals.
Another piece of the puzzle the Orioles don´t seem to get is that allowing other teams to negotiate an extension with Machado before a trade would increase his value, instead, they stopped that idea in its tracks.
According to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, the Orioles even received an insane trade package from the Cubs that would send Addison Russell, Albert Almora Jr., and Mike Montgomery to Baltimore.
That wasn't enough...
Russell and Montgomery are still under control for four more years and Almora for five more years. That is three high-quality players, who have won a World Series, but it seems the Orioles want more.
As Kubatko explains the Orioles would want more pitching, but a Montgomery is a southpaw the team could use.
Something very important in any negotiation is leverage, and the Orioles have a great player who can help them make a great trade but their leverage goes down with every game he plays for them.
The Orioles will probably decide to test the market again in July and offer Machado on a half-season rental, and the offers will probably be much lower than right now.
The ways things are going the Orioles will lose both Machado and Zach Britton at the end of the 2018 season and have nothing to show for it, maybe then they will look back and think we should of traded them.
Especially if Machado signs with the Yankees and beats them up 18 times a year for the foreseeable future.