By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Manny Machado ... in pinstripes?
The possibility of the Baltimore Orioles shortstop joining the New York Yankees is certainly realistic in free agency, but he could end up in the Bronx even sooner than expected. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Monday that the Yankees are "showing increased interest" in Machado ahead of baseball's July 31 trade deadline. Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports later reported that New York could also be interested in getting Zach Britton as part of a package deal with Machado.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers remain the most likely landing spots for Machado in a trade, but Rosenthal acknowledges that the Yanks have the prospects to outbid those teams in a trade if they wanted to pull the trigger.
Rosenthal previously speculated that the Boston Red Sox could look into Machado. But most likely, Dave Dombrowski doesn't have enough of a cache of assets that he's willing to give up. Heyman recently reported that Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers "isn't going anywhere", which would make it virtually impossible for the Sox to acquire any player of Machado's caliber this summer.
But, at the end of the day, it's unlikely that two American League East teams are going to make such a massive trade with one another. It would have to be a Godfather-type offer for the Orioles, who have long had an aversion to trading with the Yankees beyond menial deals.
Orioles insider Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reported late on Monday that the Yankees have yet to make an offer. So it's unclear how interested they even are in a move of that magnitude, let alone whether Baltimore would be willing to send its franchise player and one of the best all-around players in baseball to New York.
If it happened, though ... it would certainly make the Red Sox' prospects of winning the AL East much more difficult.
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