It appears that one team really wants to their its hands on the Baltimore Orioles prize possession: Manny Machado.
The Baltimore Orioles Dan Duquette is rumored to have had several conversations with Rick Hahn of the Chicago White Sox.
Even though the team on the southside of Chicago is busy rebuilding Hahn apparently wants to add some young veterans to its ranks. And, Hahn’s eyes are on two players: Machado and Christian Yelich.
Where the rumor originated
The latest rumor comes via Jon Morosi, who shared the details via Twitter:
Why they want Machado in Chicago
Adding veteran talent to rebuilding teams is not a new thing. Both the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros did it at various points in the program. The White Sox have what is considered the best farm system in the MLB. They also happen to have a few veterans who are not half bad. On the right side, they have Jose Abreu, who was the rookie of the year in 2014. In right field, they have Avisail Garcia, who had his first All-Star season in 2017. Abreu is 30 and Garcia is 26. They also recently signed former Orioles catcher Welington Castillo.
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Most baseball fans would not consider the White Sox much of a threat in 2018. But if they were able to Machado and Yelich, they could be formidable.
Worst case scenario
But, some are worried that if the White Sox do end up getting their hands on Machado that he could be flipped to the New York Yankees. This would be the worst possible case and could be one of the reasons why Machado has not yet been traded. There is no way that Peter Angelos would go for this.
The team that plays in one of the ugliest ballparks in the US is seriously lacking on the left side of the field. Their outfield is loaded with young men who are speedy, but most have little-to-no experience other than in the minor leagues. Machado and/or Yelich would serve as excellent mentors to the young players in black and white.
Honestly, it would be difficult to imagine Machado wanting to play 81 games in that hulking behemoth of a field on the south side of Chicago. Guaranteed Rate Field is nothing like Camden Yards or even Wrigley Field on the north side.