Orioles GM: Manny Machado situation ‘will take care of itself in time’
All indications point to the Baltimore Orioles dealing away Manny Machado ahead of the MLB non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 to avoid the risk of losing him for nothing in free agency this coming offseason.
However, despite consistent speculation about which teams are the front-runners to acquire the superstar shortstop’s services, there have been no reports of any substantial talks involving the Orioles and any interested team.
A recent quote out of Orioles general manager Dan Duquette makes it clear the organization is not about to rush things. Instead, patience is being preached.
Os haven’t gotten close enough in Machado trade talks for specific names, Duquette said.
— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) June 12, 2018
“He’s having a great year,” Duquette said Tuesday, via The Baltimore Sun. “so I’m sure that will take care of itself in time.”
Machado is not only having a great year, as Duquette contends, the shortstop is putting up MVP-caliber numbers. Slashing at a .311/.380/.586 clip, Machado also has put up 18 home runs (4th in AL) and 50 RBI (second in AL) on a terrible team.
Still, Duquette seemingly dragging his feet puts the Orioles at risk of having Machado getting injured or teams balking at the delay. Perhaps Duquette is quietly negotiating behind the scenes with several teams and is playing things close to the vest.
That said, a recent report suggested the Orioles will have to overcome significant obstacles — some of their own making — to execute a deal satisfactory to the organization. The Orioles obviously do not want to sell low on Machado. But every day that goes by the case can be made things get more dicey.
Although perhaps Duquette being so cagey on the Machado front is an effort to compel teams into a bidding war for Machado’s services. But time’s ticking, and the Orioles can ill-afford to botch this opportunity.