Latest Manny Machado rumors

Can’t keep up with all the Manny Machado speculation, can you?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on the latest surrounding the star Baltimore Orioles infielder, who is not only the biggest but also the hottest name on the market.

Can’t keep up with all the Manny Machado speculation, can you?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered on the latest surrounding the star Baltimore Orioles infielder, who is not only the biggest but also the hottest name on the market.

Video: Must C Clutch: Machado belts 2 clutch HRs vs. Yankees

• The Yankees aren’t the only team in the AL East eyeing Machado. The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday night that the Red Sox recently reached out regarding the star shortstop. Boston has been scouting Orioles closer Zach Britton, so it makes sense that the club would also inquire about Machado. 

While the Red Sox lack the prospects and young starting pitching that Baltimore desires, they could entice the O’s with a deal centered around third baseman Rafael Devers or outfielder Andrew Benintendi. Devers, 21, is hitting .241 with 14 homers and 48 RBIs in his first full season. Benintendi, 24, is batting .298 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs after finishing second to Aaron Judge in last year’s AL Rookie of the Year voting. 

• The Dodgers and Brewers — both of whom have been linked heavily to Machado recently — are in the process of discussing specific prospects the O’s have their eyes on, as reported Tuesday afternoon by MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal in The Athletic (subscription required).

As centerpieces in a Machado deal, Rosenthal reports that Baltimore covets right-hander Corbin Burnes from the Brewers and righty Dustin May as well as infielder Gavin Lux from the Dodgers.

Burnes, 23, is the No. 2 prospect in Milwaukee’s system and No. 56 overall per MLB Pipeline. Having spent all of 2018 at Triple-A, he was just called up to pitch out of the Brewers’ bullpen — and perhaps showcase his stuff on the big league stage.

May and Lux, meanwhile, are the Nos. 10 and 12 prospects in LA’s system. Both are 20-year-olds at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, where May sports a 3.13 ERA and 8.9 K/9 mark and Lux is in the middle of a breakout campaign (.319/.396/.509).

So far, however, it appears both the Brewers and Dodgers have not been willing to part with these specific young players.

• Earlier on Tuesday, the Machado buzz grew louder as MLB.com’s Jim Duquette spun a potential blockbuster trade proposal between the O’s and their American League East-rival Yankees. The suggested swap? Machado and Zach Britton to the Yanks for righty Domingo German, infielder Brandon Drury and outfielder Clint Frazier.

Video: Yankees reportedly interested in Machado

• That followed reports late Monday night — including one from Rosenthal and one from Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, who also linked the Yanks to relievers Britton and Brad Brach — that New York was showing increased interest in Machado.

• One possible catch in a Yanks-O’s trade — or with any other club that might prefer Machado at the hot corner: The former third baseman once again made it clear, this time via Marc Carig of The Athletic, that he sees himself as a shortstop — a position Didi Gregorius holds down in the Bronx.

• Another complication? Yankees GM Brian Cashman indicated to MLB Network insider Joel Sherman, writing in the New York Post, that he is focused on improving the club’s areas of need. In other words, the rotation — not necessarily third base, where rookie Miguel Andujar has played well.

Video: NYY@BAL: Machado dives for stop, glove flips for out

Buckle up. Stay tuned. Insert your cliché of choice here. There’s bound to be more Machado news any minute now. We’ll keep you in the loop.

Published on Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:28:59 +0000

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