ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette will meet on Wednesday morning to go over options for the postseason roster.If the Orioles play in a Wild Card game, the roster will have to be set by 10 a.m. on Friday.There are 38 players currently on the roster. At least two of them, Nick Markakis and Wilson Betemit, wont be active in the postseason.Teams can change the roster between rounds, so if the Orioles play in the Wild Card and advance to the Division Series, the roster could look radically different There are three or four things up in the air depending on who were playing, where were playing and whos pitching for the other team, Showalter said.Even though the tendency might be for a team to want to overload on relievers for a one-game Wild Card, Showalter said that because those games could go extra innings, starters may be chosen.Its going to be so quick moving after the games over tomorrow night. Youre going to have to have some quick conversations, Showalter said.Some of the players who dont make the 25-man squad will travel with the team. Others will go to nearby Sarasota, Fla. to play in Instructional League games and keep ready if theyre needed.It could be a very short stint there because our roster could change there if were fortunate enough to continue, Showalter said.I think everybody here knows that theyve been a part of whats going on here, and I think this is a very realistic team. They understand that 25 guys will be active for that day.
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.
Manny Machado just stopped by, and he said he’s seeing the reports of Dodgers and thinks/assumes they’re right (tho he said he doesn’t know for sure). The Miami product who’s been an Orioles his whole career said: “It’ll be different. But different can be good.”— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 17, 2018
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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