It's Done: Manny Machado to the Dodgers for Five Prospects

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It’s Done: Manny Machado to the Dodgers for Five Prospects

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And … we’ve made it: the Orioles deal to send Manny Machado to Los Angeles is reportedly officially done:

I know there have been some roller coaster moments in this one over the past two days, but Rosenthal is about as trusted as they come in this arena and Jon Heyman has been on top of Machado’s rumors all season long. You can go ahead and wait for the press conference for the officially official moniker, but it’s done: Manny Machado to the Orioles in exchange for Yusniel Diaz (4th best prospect in L.A. according to MLB Pipeline, but clearly on the rise), Dean Kremer (28th), Zach Pop (unranked so far), Rylan Bannon (27th), and Breyvic Valera (unranked).

It’s a huge haul for the Orioles in terms of quantity, but also in terms of quality as Diaz looks like the real deal. Good for them.

As Brett has discussed countless times over, we can be mildly upset that Machado found his way onto an NL team this summer – especially one that seems destined for the postseason, where he could be weaponized against the Cubs – but L.A. is a lot further from home than Milwaukee, and the Dodgers won’t likely be courting Machado for an extended stay, so that’s good. There’s probably some dream scenario wherein the Dodgers miss the postseason altogether, but I wouldn’t count on it, especially now.

As for next steps, you might expect the rumors surrounding Orioles reliever and potential Cubs target Zach Britton to pick back up now that this deal is done. And more than that, the rumors might even include some IFA bonus pool money, since it sounds like the Orioles reportedly didn’t include any in this trade:

Meanwhile, you can expect the rumor mill and activity to accelerate generally through the end of the month with a huge, obvious trade piece now of the market, and other suitors – including the Brewers – left looking at other options.

Brett Taylor contributed to this post.


Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.