ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher David Hale on waivers from the Colorado Rockies.
Hale, who is 28, has a 10-10 record and 4.48 ERA in 66 games with Colorado and Atlanta. He was the Braves’ third round selection in 2009 from Princeton.
He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Hale was the third pitcher to be claimed on waivers in the last few weeks. The Orioles picked up left-hander Jayson Aquino from St. Louis and right-hander Scott McGough from Miami.
This fills the Orioles’ 40-man roster.
NOTES: Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski was named the Eastern League Player of the Week. He hit .438 for Bowie in the week ending Sunday, and he had three home runs and six multi-hit games. … First baseman Trey Mancini, who was the Eastern League’s leading hitter last season, has been promoted from the Baysox to Triple-A Norfolk. He joins Garabez Rosa, who was impressive in late spring training games in earning a promotion to the Tides.
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, insists he knows nothing about said speculation and made it clear that the rumors did not detract from his enjoyment of being an All-Star Tuesday night.
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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