By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The New York Yankees are reportedly in on the Manny Machado sweepstakes, but the Boston Red Sox were apparently never totally out of it. According to Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun, the Red Sox continue to contact the Orioles about a potential trade deadline deal for the slugging shortstop.
Additionally, a Red Sox scout was also in attendance on Tuesday at Camden Yards while the O's took on the Yankees on Tuesday. So their interest in Machado, and potentially a reliever like Zach Britton or Brad Brach, could be legitimate.
Despite that, it's likely that Dave Dombrowski is simply doing his due diligence on Machado's price tag. It's also quite possible the Red Sox are just doing their best to force the Yankees or another team into overpaying for the 26-year-old, who is batting .314 and is on pace for what would be a career-best 41 home runs and 111 RBIs.
In light of the rampant rumors about the Orioles, who would be best suited trading Machado for a major haul at the deadline, they're not terribly likely to move him within the American League East. It would probably take a heinous overpay from either Boston or New York to make it happen, and for a player who will be a free agent in the winter.
At this point, it's still reasonable to consider an NL contender like the L.A. Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers as more likely to land him.
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