We’re entering the part of July where trade rumors are likely more the result of an echo chamber than they are a result of building momentum towards a deal.
But still, it’s another day and another Manny Machado trade rumor for the Brewers.
This time it’s MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, who says he’s independently confirmed that the Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the two teams “most aggressively” making a move for Machado. That falls in line with what other national newsbreakers like Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman reported over the weekend.
But Morosi’s piece on the league’s site dives deeper into why the Brewers might end up being a better trade partner for the Baltimore Orioles.
For one, the Dodgers are reportedly standing by the same list of untouchable prospects they had last year when they dealt for Yu Darvish. They don’t want to part with Walker Buehler or Alex Verdugo for a couple months of Machado, even if they might have a better chance of coming up with the cash to re-sign him than most potential trade suitors do. After all, they were in a better position than most to retain Darvish, and we know how that played out.
But to Morosi, it’s what the Brewers can offer without jeopardizing their longterm success that might make them one of the favorites for the top trade chip this year:
The Orioles’ foremost need in the Machado trade is clear: They have the worst rotation ERA in the Majors and lack impactful starters in the high Minors on whom they can rely in 2019. To address that, the Brewers could offer Corbin Burnes (who was just called up to the Majors) or Luis Ortiz as the primary pitcher in an offer for Machado.
Meanwhile, the Brewers’ overall depth is such that general manager David Stearns can part with an experienced Major Leaguer -- Keon Broxton, Domingo Santana or Orlando Arcia -- and deliver immediate value to the Orioles’ Major League roster.
Broxton would be the most difficult player of the group for Milwaukee to trade now, with Ryan Braun’s trip to the disabled list ensuring Broxton will continue to see regular playing time. But Broxton’s best attribute -- dazzling defense in center field -- would be more valuable in Baltimore than Milwaukee over the long term, due to Lorenzo Cain’s presence with the Brewers. (The Orioles likely need to replace pending free agent Adam Jones in 2019.)
Baltimore always feels like a team that thinks they’re closer to contention than they actually are, so it makes sense that they might value Major League players over high-ceiling prospects that might take years to develop (and considering that organization’s history of identifying and developing prospects, maybe that’s the smarter play).
A deal of Burnes/Ortiz, Arcia and Santana is at least intriguing in that there’s still enough to dream on with Arcia and Santana while possibly offering Baltimore immediate impact starting next year (Arcia and Santana would likely be playing in the majors every day after such a trade is made, but the O’s are playing for draft position this year).
Would you be willing to give up Orlando Arcia and Domingo Santana (plus a pitching prospect) to rent Manny Machado?
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