The Dodgers, unwilling to part with Lux or another Orioles target, High A right-hander Dustin May, are pursuing other veteran infielders, as first reported by Yahoo's Jeff Passan, while remaining in the mix for Machado.
It's possible Baltimore tries to package Machado and Britton, both of whom will be free agents after the season. 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).
This is why contending teams must tread carefully when entering the Machado sweepstakes. Stay tuned, the MLB's trade deadline is approaching quickly.
Had the Cubs not won the World Series, this would have been considered a disastrous trade for Chicago. But should the Orioles want a pitcher, the Yankees have a number of them to deal. It would seem excessive for NY to part with such a talent now when it can just wait five or six months for his signature.
The New York Yankees are in the market for pitching this trade deadline, and they have the assets to acquire just about whoever they want.
"It changes day to day", a baseball executive said Friday.
The 21-year-old owns a slash line of.294/.350/.555 with 15 home runs, 42 RBI, and 30 runs scored. The only question is whether the Orioles really would deal with either of their chief division rivals.
The tightness of the American League East race makes that nearly an imperative for the Red Sox, who entered Tuesday leading the Yankees by 2 ½ games. "If it happens to be with that team that we're playing tonight, then so be it". While he would provide any team in the league with a significant boost to their lineup and infield defense, it would only be for a few months.
What an increased offer for Machado could be is intriguing considering he's in the final year of his contract. The Yankees also need an added rotation piece if they wish to bolster their chances at a World Series run come October.
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