The Baltimore Orioles have been listening to offers on superstar third baseman Manny Machado, but there isn't any reason to believe at the moment that a trade will actually go through.
At a minimum, the Orioles will need at least two young starting pitchers to come close to dealing Machado. However, the Cubs are trying their dardnest to measure up, and doing a great job; reportedly, their offer is centered around shortstop Addison Russell, center fielder Albert Almora Jr. and left-handed starter Mike Montgomery.
That's a pretty nice haul, but it doesn't meet the standards of a trade Baltimore is seeking.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has been dissatisfied with the trade offers for Machado and is ready to take him off the block and keep him heading into the 2018 season.
While I respect Duquette and the Orioles for not trading Machado for anything less than what they want, there does come a point in time where you need to get the best deal you can, whatever that may be.
The Baltimore #Orioles just said that unless someone drastically changes their offer, third baseman Manny Machado is staying put for now— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 21, 2017
Especially, if the return includes two young players who can stabilize two premium positions like shortstop and center field.