As the end of July comes close and closer, trade talks for Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado will continue to heat up. Recently named to the 2018 All-Star Game, Machado is certainly one of the top commodities on the market right now, poised to switch leagues potentially even before the Midsummer Classic is played.
One of these teams nipping at Baltimore's heels is the Los Angeles Dodgers, and although the exact makeup of their proposed trade to the Orioles is not known, Jon Morosi's sources say that Baltimore might be interesting in pursuing a deal with L.A.
Source: #Orioles have mentioned Keibert Ruiz and Dustin May in talks with #Dodgers on a Manny Machado trade. (@BNightengale was first to link May and Baltimore.) L.A. is not likely to trade Ruiz for a rental. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 9, 2018
The Orioles have apparently asked about Keibert Ruiz and Dustin May, two of the Dodgers top prospects. As Morosi's tweet suggests, trading for Machado is a risk, as he may not re-sign with the team he is traded to. Los Angeles may not want to give up two of their top prospects, especially Ruiz, for someone who ends up only being a rental. If you're hearing his name seriously mentioned, though, that's an indication that the Dodgers may be further than step one on extension talks with Machado.
Ruiz, the 19-year-old switch-hitting catcher, has already emerged as a standout at Double-A, holding his own and heading to the Futures Game in D.C. next week.
The NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks have also been linked to Machado, so if anything, the Dodgers will feel pressured to trade for Machado just to keep him away from Arizona.
Manny Machado is a game changer and the Dodgers would be crazy not to get him if they can for two unproven prospects. Machado can provide the extra boost for another deep postseason run, refilling the tank of a team that's experienced bouts of postseason hangovers this year.