The moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived. The most widely sought after player available on the MLB trade market has finally found his new home.
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in one of the biggest pre-deadline deals ever.
The #Orioles and #Dodgers have worked through the final hurdles in their trade talks, and Manny Machado is heading to Los Angeles, sources confirm. @masnRoch and @JimBowdenGM among those who’ve already reported. The big deadline prize is changing teams.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 18, 2018
This deal marks the end of a half season's worth of speculation about where Baltimore's best young player would be spending the prime of his career. The Dodgers are getting a guy who can be counted on to hit for top-notch power while providing excellent defense on the left side of the infield.
This year Machado is having a career year, with a .315 average with 24 HR and 65 RBI.
The teams are indeed confident they’ve gotten past the brief medical blip, and so Manny Machado will be a Dodger. Big move for LA, necessary one for the O’s.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 18, 2018
Los Angeles is taking a big risk by sending away these prospects with no guarantee that Machado will re-sign with the team once his contract expires after the season. The allure of a World Series is always powerful, but you don't want to get caught with Machado leaving and you gave up your best prospects for him.
Machado to #Dodgers will happen. Agreement has been made, according to industry source. #Orioles receiving five players back. Finalizing minor details of deal took longer given number of players involved.— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) July 18, 2018
This marks the end of a 7-year stint for Machado in Baltimore where he blossomed into one of the best young players in baseball. Splitting time between third base and shortstop, Machado has impressive career numbers for the Orioles with a .283 batting average, 31 home runs and 89 RBI per year.
With the trade drama finally laid to rest, it is now officially time to start the Machado free agency rumors.