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Manny Machado praises ‘impressive’ Phillies amid trade rumors

Manny Machado got an up-close look this week at the Philadelphia Phillies, a team considered among those interesting in acquiring the superstar shortstop ahead of the MLB non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. And the Baltimore Orioles shortstop came away impressed.

“They’re a good ballclub,” Machado said Wednesday, via the Baltimore Sun. “They’re young. They’re hungry. They want to win. They’ve been impressive. They’ve got a good ballclub over there. But I can’t tell you more about it because they’re on the other side, and we don’t see them that much.”

Machado also made it clear his preference is join a contending team.

“Do I want to play for a contending team? Yeah. Do I want to go to the playoffs? Yeah. Do I want to win a ring? Of course I do,” Machado said. “Those are all things every baseball player wants, so for me to go somewhere and help out a team, I don’t know if it’ll be here or it’ll be somewhere else, but I’m going to do everything in my power to help the team out.”

While Machado may be impressed with the Phillies, the most recent reports indicate while there may be interest, a few other teams might be making a more aggressive run at the shortstop.

There has been no shortage of conjecture concerning where Machado will land, as it appears to be a foregone conclusion that the Orioles have to trade the shortstop or risk losing him for nothing in free agency after the season.

While some front-runners have emerged, Orioles general manager Dan Duquette recently made it clear the team will be patient, saying that the Machado situation “will take care of itself in time.”

All that said, reports suggest the Orioles conceivably could face considerable obstacles in getting the value the organization craves in exchange for Machado.

The 25-year-old superstar is enjoying an MVP-caliber campaign on a dreadful Orioles squad, slashing at a .308/.377/.560 clip while sporting a .937 OPS with 21 home runs and 59 RBI.