When news broke that the Baltimore Orioles were considering moving franchise cornerstone Manny Machado, it threw a lot of people for a loop.

Machado is still just 25 years old. He’s been an All-Star three times in five full MLB seasons. He’s homegrown talent. And he’s among the best players this franchise has had since Cal Ripken Jr. called it quits many moons ago.

Why move Machado? Surely the idea of getting a king’s ransom back in return could entice GM Dan Duquette and Co. The fact that Machado is also set to become a free agent following next season also plays a role here. But Baltimore doesn’t exist in a small market. It has the financial resources to make him among the game’s highest-paid players.