The Baltimore Orioles are likely to lose their biggest star sooner or later, and it seemed they were ready to trade away Manny Machado this winter by listening to offers for the infielder. But a new development seems to point to Machado not leaving Baltimore this off-season.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Orioles will not permit any team a negotiating window with Machado, something that is very important for any team looking to trade for the infielder.
Machado is set to be a free agent after 2018 and with the price being tag placed on the Dominican mos teams would only trade for him if they have worked out an extension with the All-Star.
For that, you need a negotiating window.
At least to make sure you have a chance of signing him long term.
For example, the Yankees wouldn't trade players like Gleyber Torres, Chance Adams, Estevan Florial or even Clint Frazier for a player who would essentially be a one-year rental.
Not allowing any possible trade partner, especially when close to the finish line, a chance to negotiate with Machado simply makes everyone think the Orioles just don't want to make any trade at all for the infielder.
Even though the smart move would be to trade your assets, especially Machado, for strong prospects to rebuild a weak minor league system.
Maybe the Orioles don't understand the following:
It's time to rebuild.
Machado in six years in the Majors is a three-time All-Star with a .279 batting average and 138 homers over that span, averaging 29 dingers per year.
He's expected to get a contract north of $300 million next year in free agency when other big-ticket All-Stars will also be available like Bryce Harper, Josh Donaldson and maybe even Clayton Kershaw.