That snag, according to Phillips, is related to one or more of the prospects’ physicals. For most teams, that isn’t that interesting, but the Orioles have a history of nixing signings for the same reason, so it is fair to speculate whether they have gotten cold feet in this case.
– Josh Finkelstein –
Previous Update- July 18, 9:14 a.m.
Machado will slot in at shortstop, replacing the injured Corey Seager. Kike Hernandez and Corey Taylor will split time at second, Max Muncy will move to first, and Corey Bellinger will split time in both the outfield and first. This move will likely force a trade in the crowded Dodgers outfield.
– John Flanagan –
Original Post- July 17
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic adds that the Orioles likely aren’t getting any major league talent back, it will be exclusively prospects.
Machado, 26, has been the center of trade rumors the last several weeks, and those talks have only intensified the last seven to 10 days.
The infielder has appeared in 96 games for Baltimore this year, hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI.
According to sources, a player that may be heading back to Baltimore in the deal is Yusniel Diaz.
Diaz, 21, is ranked No. 4 by MLB Pipeline in the Dodgers system.
We will keep you up to date when the deal goes through and the return Baltimore will be getting. Stay tuned.