At one point in September 39 of the 40 players on the Orioles roster were on the active roster.
Just one wasn’t.
Joe Mahoney, who was the Orioles sixth-round choice in 2007, made his major league debut this season, but wasn’t called up in September.
After he completed his season at Norfolk, Mahoney reported to the Instructional League in Sarasota, Fla. to stay ready in case he was needed. He wasn’t.
Mahoney hit .265 with 10 home runs and 56 RBIs for Norfolk. It wasn’t a bad year, just not enough to get him on the fast track to the majors.
“Big Irish” had two brief stays with the Orioles, going hitless in four at-bats.
Even if Mark Reynolds isn’t back with the Orioles next season, it’s doubtful they’d trust Mahoney at first base. He’s a good fielder, but he hasn’t shown enough power.
One scout who’s watched him this week labeled him: “a non-prospect, a Four-A player.”
In scout parlance, a Four-A player is better than a Triple-A performer, but not good enough to be a reliable big league player.
The Orioles will probably remove Mahoney from the 40-man roster in the coming weeks.
Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop.
Machado, 26, has gone back and forth on what he does and does not know as front office deals develop and speculation continues to grow. One thing he has made clear is that the rumors have not detracted from his enjoyment of being an All-Star.
Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
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When Manny Machado returns from the 2018 MLB All-Star Break, he will not be donning a Baltimore Orioles uniform.
The All-Star shortstop is expected to be traded from Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers, barring any last-minute changes, according to multiple media reports.
That being said, the Machado trade talks remain fluid and both the Phillies and Brewers are still trying to work a trade for the 26-year-old third baseman, according to Jon Heyman. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly trying to lure the four-time All-Star to the desert, while the Yankees decided to pull out of the Machado sweepstakes just prior to the All-Star festivities in Washington, D.C.
While the details of the trade have yet to be revealed, the Dodgers will reportedly include top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz in the Machado trade, according to Heyman.
According to Jim Bowden, when regular-season play returns, Machado will be in the National League, although which team he plays for is still up in the air.
With the Orioles sitting a historically awful 39.5 games out of first place at the All-Star Break, trading Machado is the first major step toward a complete overhaul. The Orioles drafted Machado out of Brito High School in Miami, Fla., with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Since then, Machado has drawn comparisons to iconic third basemen Brooks Robinson and Alex Rodriguez, despite being moved to shortstop full-time this past season, and is widely considered one of the three best position players in professional baseball.
Machado is currently batting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.
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