By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Manny Machado trade watch continues. And so do the efforts of the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and other teams to leverage themselves in the media.
Here's the latest as of Thursday afternoon. The Yankees put a "strong" offer on the table for Machado, according to baseball insider Jon Heyman. But the offer apparently didn't include top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield, if you ask Orioles beat writer Roch Kubatko. MLB Network's Jon Morosi had previously reported that the O's would ask for Sheffield in a Machado deal, but that the Yankees are no guarantee to budge on that.
Sheffield is the No. 2 prospect in the Yankees organization and the No. 39 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. Morosi also previously reported that the O's are seeking one of two right-handed pitching prospects from the Indians: Triston McKenzie (21st in MLB Pipeline) or Shane Bieber (91st).
So clearly, the Orioles want a top pitching prospect and they're feeding as much as possible to reporters to make that known. If the Red Sox were to pull it off, they'd almost certainly have to include southpaw Jay Groome - and that's if the O's feel good enough about him to wait for his return from Tommy John surgery next season. Maybe they like 2017 first-round pick Tanner Houck.
The posturing is likely to go on until the 11th hour of baseball's trade deadline. And it's still worth monitoring for Red Sox fans as the possibility of Machado in pinstripes continues to percolate.
Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at [email protected].