Manny Machado headed to Dodgers in 5-for-1 trade

The MLB All-Star Game proved to be Manny Machado’s final game representing the Baltimore Orioles. According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, Machado is headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB’s first blockbuster deal of the summer.

The Orioles will reportedly receive five players in the deal. The biggest name heading to Baltimore is outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz. He’ll be joined by pitching prospects Dean Kremer and Zack Pop, second baseman Breyvic Valera and third baseman Rylan Bannon. 

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Of course, It wouldn’t be an Orioles trade without a little drama. Reports suggested this trade could be announced as early as Wednesday morning, but new reports then surfaced about a possible snag in the deal regarding medical records for a prospect headed back to Baltimore. Clearly, that hurdle has been cleared and the deal is done.

Machado, who will become a free agent at season’s end, should be the biggest name to change addresses ahead of the July non-waiver trade deadline. Momentum toward his inevitable exit from Baltimore really started building over the winter, and only grew from there with the Orioles falling out of contention basically the moment the 2018 season began.

Machado, 25, has not seemed the least bit distracted despite the trade rumors that have swirled around him for the last year. He’s putting up his typical All-Star level production this season, hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs, 65 RBIs and eight stolen bases. He hasn’t had much help from an Orioles team that sits 39.5 games out of first place in the American League East. But it hasn’t stopped his star from shining.

He’ll immediately slide in as a middle-of-the-order run producer, along with surprising All-Stars Matt Kemp and Max Muncy. If other stars like Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig can get hot and stay healthy, the Dodgers lineup will be very deep and very scary.

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Manny Machado through his career
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BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 09: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles slides into home plate to score his first career run in the fifth inning of his major league debut against the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 9, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 09: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles warms up before his major league debut against the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 9, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 10: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles cleans up after getting a shaving cream pie after a 7-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. Machado hit the first two home runs of his career in the game. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles in action against the New York Yankees during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 10, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 21: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles watches the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 21, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 12: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles plays third base during the game against the Minnesota Twins on May 12, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 10: Third baseman Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 10, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 9: Third baseman Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 9, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Texas Rangers won, 8-4. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 02: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles looks on against the Minnesota Twins on May 2, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Orioles defeated the Twins 3-0. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
June 11 2014: Third baseman Manny Machado (13) of the Baltimore Orioles swings and misses during a MLB game against the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland (Photo by Tony Quinn/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 9, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Orioles defeated the Yankees 6-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 21, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Orioles 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Oct 1, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) rounds the bases on his solo home run during the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop (6), first baseman Chris Davis (19) and third baseman Manny Machado (13) celebrate their win over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) reaches for a base hit in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) is congratulated by teammates after scoring in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) hits a two-run single in the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 28, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) reacts in the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 1, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) catches a line drive to record the final out to beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) is congratulated by outfielder Adam Jones (10) after hitting a game tying two run home run in the 7th inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) watches his game tying two run home run in the 7th inning against the New York Yankees enter the stands at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
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Who did the Orioles get in the trade?

The centerpiece of the trade is outfielder Yusniel Diaz, a 21-year-old Cuban who was signed in 2015. He hit two home runs in the 2018 Futures Game, which is why you may have heard of him. He’s listed at No. 4 on MLB’s list of top Dodgers prospects, and he’s No. 31 on the Baseball Prospectus mid-year top 50. Diaz has spent the entire year at Double-A, and has hit .314/.428/.477 with 41 walks, six home runs, and 39 strikeouts in 264 plate appearances.

None of the other four prospects going to Baltimore are in MLB’s top 100.

Ryan Bannon, 22, was the Dodgers No. 27. prospect. He’s hitting .296 with 20 home runs at Advanced A-Ball this season. Dean Kremer, 22, was the Dodgers No. 28 prospect. He has a 3.03 ERA across 86 innings this season between High-A and Double-A.

Zach Pop, 21, has a 1.04 ERA, 47 Ks and 13 BBs in 43.1 innings of relief at two levels in Class A this season. Breyvic Valera is a 26-year-old infielder who's also played in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

Where will Manny Machado play in the field?

Machado has said time and time again that shortstop is his primary position now. That’s where he’ll slot in with the Dodgers. Their regular shortstop, Corey Seager, is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Is this a full-fledged rental?

Very much so. The Dodgers are obviously known for spending money, but they’re so very close to the luxury tax threshold already and wouldn’t be able to bring Machado back without doing some major dealing. Beyond that, with Seager coming back next season they’ll also have their franchise shortstop back. That would seemingly make Los Angeles less attractive to Machado.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: J.D. Martinez #28 and Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox are introduced before the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox delivers during the first inning of the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees reacts with Manny Machado #13 of the Baltimore Orioles after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Jean Segura #2 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after hitting a three run home run during the eighth inning of the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees, Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox pose for a selfie photograph in the outfield during the fourth inning of the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 17: Washington Nationals and the National League pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws a pitch in the first inning during the 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 17: Scooter Gennett #3 of the Cincinnati Reds points to the sky after hitting a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning during the the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 17: Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins shares part of the game on Instagram Live during the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 17: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals laughs in the dugout during the the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers and the National League attempts to catch the home run hits a by Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros and the American League in the tenth inning during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Brad Hand #52 of the San Diego Padres and the National League pitches in the eighth inning against the American League during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: J.A. Happ #33 of the Toronto Blue Jays and the American League pitches in the tenth inning against the National League during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies and the National League celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning against the American League during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros and the American League celebrates while rounding the bases after hitting a solo home run in the tenth inning against the National League during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Jean Segura #2 of the Seattle Mariners and the American League celebrates after hitting a three-run home run in the eighth inning against the National League during the 89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox fields during the fourth inning of the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder George Springer of the Houston Astros (4) and American League infielder Alex Bregman (2) of the Houston Astros (2) celebrate after beating the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; The American League celebrates beating the National League in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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Who will Baltimore trade next?

Now that the Orioles firesale is officially underway, expect plenty of dealing from general manager Dan Duquette over the next two weeks.

Machado is the headliner among players they’re expected to trade, but there are plenty of assets that should follow him out the door. In the bullpen alone, closer Zach Britton, who has looked healthy and effective over the last month, and top set up relievers Brad Brach and Mychel Givens are known to be on the block. Given the league-wide interest in Britton, it’s possible he’ll be the next to go.

Baltimore has no shortage of veteran hitters that could help a contender. Outfielder Adam Jones, infielder Danny Valencia and designated hitter Mark Trumbo could all go before the deadline.

If Baltimore’s trade possibilities are any indication, this could be a wild two weeks around MLB.

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