As Manny Machado‘s tenure with the Baltimore Orioles could be over in the fall of 2018, ideas about his future keep popping up all over the Internet.
On MLB.com, Jim Duquette waxed poetically about where he envisions the Baltimore Orioles All-Star could land.
That landing place: New York. As in the Yankees.
That’s enough to make any Orioles fan throw up a little. But, the fact that Machado has not yet been extended gets wheels turning.
Machado in pinstripes? Please, no.
Jim Duquette considered the idea that Machado could be traded to the Yankees in exchange for Gleybar Torres, the top prospect in the MLB. Duquette’s reasoning is that the Yankees do not have a long-term third-baseman as Chase Headley is getting older. What is certain is that the Yankees do have Didi Gregorius at shortstop. So, Machado’s services would not be needed there. If the rumors about Machado wanting to play shortstop are true, then the Yankees may not need to turn to Mr. Miami to fill a roster spot.
What about Chicago?
The other extremely creative and highly unlikely rumor that has moved through the Internet is about Machado going to the Chicago Cubs. While a trade with the Yankees might be horrible for the fans in Birdland, it is more likely the Yankees will want him than the Cubs.
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The Cubs have Kris Bryant at third. Bryant is incredibly cheap and has not yet entered his arbitration years. There is no way the Cubs will move Bryant for an expensive Machado. Unless, the Cubs decided to move Bryant to left field – which is their biggest area of need.
Then, the Cubs have Javy Baez and Addison Russell. The two of them have contracts that add up to Bryant’s – that’s how young and affordable they all are! It’s highly unlikely that the Cubs will become trade partners with the Orioles, although it would be less agitating to the digestive system that a trade to the Bronx. What seems more likely is a Cubs-Orioles deal for Zach Britton – but that’s for another day.
Until the word comes that the Orioles and Machado have come to an extension agreement, the ideas will continue to spread like wildfire through the online sports world. Some ideas could have merit, while others will be mindboggling.