The Baltimore Orioles can’t stand the idea of trading Manny Machado, but it’s time to say goodbye to one of the greatest players in franchise history. The Orioles, providing owner Peter Angelos doesn’t stop them, are trading Machado, their greatest third baseman since Brooks Robinson. Their biggest obstacle is determining who exactly they can trust. The Orioles naturally want the biggest package they can possibly obtain for Machado, who in a year will become one of the three richest players in baseball history. They would love to bring in a haul of prospects who can become the next Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray. Yet, they also are human, with real emotions, and the only thing worse than getting an inferior trade package for Machado is seeing him in a uniform that has pinstripes. We’re talking about the New York Yankees. Angelos isn’t about to trade Machado to the Yankees, and watch Machado help the Yankees win the AL East. He won’t deal Machado to another team that has covert plans to flip Machado to the Yankees. And he won’t deal Machado to a team if he believes they could fall out of the race by the July 31 trade deadline, trading Machado to the Yankees for the pennant stretch.
Orioles ready to trade Machado - but fear a back channel to Bronx
USA Today | Dec 15