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Dodgers send Orioles five prospects, acquire Manny Machado in blockbuster trade

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Dodgers send Orioles five prospects, acquire Manny Machado in blockbuster trade

Update (6:05 p.m.): The Dodgers have officially acquired star shortstop Manny Machado from the Orioles for prospects Yusniel Díaz, Rylan Bannon, Breyvic Valera, Dean Kremer, and Zach Pop

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After reportedly hitting a snag earlier in the day, it seems imminent that Manny Machado will be traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to multiple national reports. 

The Orioles are reportedly receving five prospects from the Dodgers in exchange for Machado. Outfielder Yusniel Diaz is the headline name to know. 

Diaz, 21, is hitting .314 with six home runs at Double-A this season. He also has 10 doubles, four triples, and 41 walks to 39 strikeouts. 

Machado has spent his entire seven-year career with the Orioles after Baltimore took him No. 3 overall in the 2010 MLB Draft. With the Orioles, Machado is a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner. 

He become a free agent after the 2018 season at just 26 years old. 

The Dodgers currently lead the NL West with a 53-43 record. The Giants are four games behind at 50-48. 

Down on the Farm: Giants' second-round pick living up to his historic height

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Down on the Farm: Giants' second-round pick living up to his historic height

For good reasons, Joey Bart has earned all the headlines with his big bat and eye-popping stats. The Giants' top pick in the 2018 MLB Draft now has seven home runs and 18 RBI in 11 games for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. 

Bart, however, isn't the first player that makes you stop in your tracks when looking at San Francisco's draft picks this year. The Giants' second pick in this year's draft and biggest player (by height) has been quite impressive himself. 

Bart's battery mate Sean Hjelle is living up to his 6-foot-11 frame. The second-round pick has posted three straight scoreless outings for Salem-Keizer. 

In fact, Hjelle has only allowed one earned run to start his professional career. That came in his first start, the only time Bart has not caught him.

Over Hejelle's scoreless streak, he has allowed just two hits in five innings with four strikeouts and zero walks. Through six innings with Salem-Keizer, Hjelle is 0-0 with a 1.45 ERA and has five strikeouts to no walks. 

“We love the way he’s handled himself. He doesn’t move like he’s a 6-foot-11 pitcher,” Giants scouting director John Barr said after drafting Hjelle. “You expect him to be gawky but he moves his feet. When he walks past you or you shake his hand, you realize how tall he is. When he’s on the mound he controls his body. He really controls his body well, which shows his athleticism. He’s a good athlete.”

The Giants selected Hjelle No. 45 overall out of the University of Kentucky. In three seasons as a Wildcat, Hjelle went 22-10 with a 3.68 ERA and 222 strikeouts in 228.2 innings pitched. He was also named the 2017 SEC Pitcher of the Year.

If Hjelle reaches the major leagues, he would tie Jon Rauch as the tallest player in MLB history. 

MLB rumors: Manny Machado-to-Dodgers trade might have hit a snag

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MLB rumors: Manny Machado-to-Dodgers trade might have hit a snag

During the MLB All-Star Game, it appeared the American League starting shortstop was set to switch leagues and hit up Hollwood. Manny Machado to the Dodgers seemed like a done deal. 

But nothing is done until it's ... well, done. 

There reportedly might have been a snag in the Machado trade with prospects the Dodgers would send to the Orioles, according to former Mets GM Steve Phillips. 

The top prospect headed to Baltimore in the deal is outfielder Yusniel Diaz, who hit two home runs in the All-Star Futures Game, and his medicals reportedly are not the issues. This makes the chances of Machado landing in Los Angeles still high. 

Machado is batting .315 with 24 home runs in 96 games this season. The 26-year-old is scheduled to become a free agent after this season.