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.
Possible snag in Machado deal to Dodgers. Sources indicate that one or more of prospects coming to #Orioles have some issues in their physicals. Surprise surprise. May open door for other clubs. Stay tuned.— Steve Phillips (@StevePhillipsGM) July 18, 2018
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.
the medical holdup in the Machado trade isn't over top OF prospect Yusniel Diaz, the key prospect in the trade and one real name that's out there & confirmed. since it's apparently over a complementary piece (at least compared to Diaz), the chances to work it out are much better.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 18, 2018
until the medical issue is resolved, of course the other teams interested in machado -- phillies, brewers, d-backs, etc. -- probably won't be rushing into a different deal. the issue in the Machado trade flagged by O's doctors was first reported by @StevePhillipsGM— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 18, 2018
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.