Orioles infielder Manny Machado endured a bit of a disappointing 2017 season, but thus far in 2018 he's producing in line with expectations. Through 19 games, Machado in this, his age-25 campaign owns a slash line of .338/.414/.623 (189 OPS+) with five home runs and seven doubles. Those are excellent numbers, to say the least. Machado of course is bound for a big payday next winter. He's very young as pending free agents go, he's a difference-maker at the plate, and this season he's resumed his role as a primary shortstop, which will only expand his pool of potential suitors. At the same time, Machado's Orioles are terrible. For evidence of this stirring claim, this scribe would point you to the current AL East standings Yes, Baltimore is already 11 1/2 games out of first place. In related matters, they're percentage points behind even the similarly miserable Rays, and they're on pace for 119 losses. No, the O's aren't going to lose 119 games this season, but they're far more likely to finish last than they are to contend for a playoff spot. Throw in the fact that the Orioles engaged in Machado trade talks this past offseason, and it seems highly likely that Machado will be moved prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Why a Manny Machado trade at the deadline seems more likely by the day for the Orioles
CBS Sports | Apr 20