Out of all the marquee players on the trade market, Manny Machado is easily the best player available.
It's been an abysmal season for the Baltimore Orioles, yet Machado is putting together a phenomenal season. He's currently hitting .308 and has 21 home runs, which has him on pace for the best year of his career.
Any team would obviously benefit from acquiring a three-time All-Star, but he's definitely not worth mortgaging future assets for Los Angeles. With Bob Nightengale reporting that Machado could find himself on the Dodgers, it's time to reconsider this potential blockbuster deal.
Suddenly, it feels like the Dodgers have forgotten about Corey Seager.
As of right now, Chris Taylor and Justin Turner makeup the left side of Los Angeles' infield. However, Turner and Seager would've combined to make a formidable duo if it weren't for early season injuries.
Before undergoing Tommy John surgery, Seager was considered the future of the Dodgers. The 24-year-old has already made the All-Star Game multiple times, has proven he can launch 20-plus homers per season, and compete in the postseason.
Complicating the roster isn't the only issue Machado would provide, as the superstar is more likely to sign a contract extension with other National League contenders.
Manny Machado speaks at Citizens Bank Park. Did not rule out signing extension this summer, which could be big for Phillies, also wants to stay at SS, which Phils could easily handle. Story here https://t.co/iYQhDBe3mc— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) July 4, 2018
The bright lights of L.A. might entice Machado to stay a while, but there's certainly risk in adding him to their current core.
Due to their recent shortcomings in the postseason, the Dodgers may have to pull the trigger and send multiple prospects to Baltimore. Nonetheless, it's championship or bust for whichever team acquires Manny Machado.