Even with the already slim chance of Manny Machado playing for the Cubs in 2018, we can now say it won’t happen. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Orioles said Machado will stay put in Baltimore. If a big offer came, they would most likely look at the offer and consider it, but they will no longer search around for trades for the 25 year-old third baseman.
In 2017, Machado hit .259 with 33 home runs and 95 RBI’s. Machado also was fourth in MVP voting in 2015, and fifth in 2016. He would obviously bring great value to the Cubs, and could assist us to our second World Series in the last three years. Machado wants to play short stop, and the trade for Addison Russell would open up a spot for him there. He would also become a free agent in 2019. This would be like making a trade for him and only being able to use him for one season, unless the Cubs stopped pursuing Bryce Harper and spent a lot of money extedning Machado’s contract.
After going 89-73 in 2016 the Orioles went 75-87 in 2017, and finished in last place in the AL East. They opened up to trading their star at the end of the 2017 Winter Meetings and the rumors were revolving around him being sent to the White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks or the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs were somewhat of a long shot, but the chance of Machado being sent to the North Side were still there.
It now looks as if we’ll keep Addison Russell, Albert Almora, and Mike Montgomery whose names were all brought up in consideration for a trade for Machado. I said the Cubs should make the Russell-Machado one for one trade, and maybe add a prospect if they don’t accept that. A lot of people disagree with the trade rumor, and said the Cubs should never trade away the core of the 2016 World Series team. But in my honest opinion, if the Orioles actually declined a trade with Russell, Almora, and Montgomery they are incredibly stupid. Machado is not going to resign with Baltimore for next season, and Russell and Almora both have amazing potential.
We’ll see what will actually happen for the Cubs, but for now we can put the Machado rumors behind us and move on to signing Darvish!
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