Welp, after months of speculation, Manny Machado has finally been traded by the Baltimore Orioles. The Los Angeles Dodgers won the sweepstakes for the superstar infielder, and while we don't yet know how profoundly this will impact the race for a World Series title, we can safely say who around the league will suffer the most from the impact of the swap.
4. Enrique Hernandez
With Manny's arrival in Los Angeles, the question for manager Dave Roberts turns to whom gets removed from the lineup to make room for the former Oriole. Machado will likely continue playing shortstop, filling the void left by the injured Corey Seager. Chris Taylor, a natural centerfielder, has been playing shortstop this season, but will likely move back to the outfield. With Matt Kemp's and Yasiel Puig's starting roles in the outfield solidified, that leaves Enrique Hernandez as the odd man out. With just a .230 average on the season, 'Kiké' will have to return to the dugout for much of the season.
3. Machado's Yankees Hopes
While Machado's interest in playing for the New York Yankees has been nothing but speculation, there is plenty of evidence to suggest pinstripes as the inevitable conclusion to this saga. Machado's own family has pitched to him the notion of going to New York. Aroldis Chapman posted an Instagram photo depicting three Yankees All-Stars surrounding him. And, while he claims it was a mistake, Machado recently liked an Instagram picture depicting him in a Yankees uniform. Whether or not he truly wanted to be traded to New York, he will not be given the opportunity to join up with them in time for a World Series run this season.
2. Milwaukee Brewers
This, on the other hand, is definitely not speculation-- the Milwaukee Brewers wanted Manny Machado. Currently in a tight race with the Chicago Cubs for the NL Central, acquiring him would have easily put them in the driver's seat for the division. While the need might not have been as strong for Milwaukee given the recent emergence of shortstop Tyler Saladino, acquiring Machado would have been an upgrade nonetheless. The Brewers wanted him, but came up just short.
1. Philadelphia Phillies
Failing to acquire Machado truly stings for the Phillies, who were reportedly considered to have a real shot to land the Orioles All-Star as recently as this past weekend. Machado would have been a huge upgrade over current shortstop Scott Kingery, whose .237/.282/.338 frame is nothing short of disappointing. They were even willing to part ways with one of their top prospects in Adonis Medina, ranked much higher than the best prospect Baltimore acquired from Los Angeles. Now, Philadelphia must work to secure the division from the surprising Atlanta Braves without the help of a real superstar in the offense. No one on Philadelphia has a higher batting average than .275, and it's almost certainly going to stay that way.