Before this season began, Manny Machado outright demanded to play what he considered his natural position, shortstop, the year before his free agency officially began. The timing was...a little weird.
As it turns out, while that positional desire will still dictate Machado's destination going forward, the man himself has not played well this season at shortstop. Don't get me wrong; he has been tearing the cover off the ball at the plate. But when it comes to the other side of the game, he has been unimpressive at best. And this is what he wanted.
This season, Machado has a pitiful -1.5 dWAR, the worst of any shortstop in the MLB. This was not expected from a usually stellar defender, as last season he had dWAR of 1.0 playing at third base. However, it seems his knees have robbed him of the necessary range to cover the shortstop hole.
And, it has not gotten better.— Camden Depot (@CamdenDepot) July 2, 2018
Defensive metrics pegged Machado as poor in April, average in May, and gut wrenching in June. I do not remember much good. He sticks what he can get, but just doesn't have the range for it.
Unfortunately for Orioles fans, their last memory of Machado before he is set to become a free agent