It appears that a split between Baltimore and franchise cornerstone Manny Machado is inevitable. Before Machado can leave in free agency, Baltimore is actively exploring all trade options to receive some type of compensation for their All-Star shortstop. The Chicago Cubs have clearly emerged as a team very interested in acquiring Manny Machado. They may wait until the offseason, but the Cubs want Machado on their roster.
Still, there are many other teams that could use Machado for a playoff run this season or next season. Here are five more teams that could consider trading for Machado before the deadline:
The Brewers are currently leading the NL Central, and they could use a big name to bring attention to their organization and another quality player to increase their chances of making the playoffs. Ryan Braun is their most well-known player, but Machado would bring some stardom to Milwaukee. The Brewers are a solid team already, but acquiring Machado would bring them some additional firepower and publicity.
One of Arizona’s weakest links on their roster is at shortstop. Their current shortstop, Nick Ahmed, is only hitting .213 this season, which is very poor compared to Machado’s .347 batting average. If the Diamondbacks would acquire Machado, then that position would likely become one of their strengths. The Diamondbacks lead the NL West but are in a close race with the Colorado Rockies for the division lead. Machado would make the Diamondbacks a potential contender for a World Series title.
With Jean Segura at shortstop, the Mariners would play Machado at third base hypothetically. The Mariners are a few games behind the Houston Astros, but they could use a star now that they lost Robinson Cano to a drug suspension. Machado would bring more hitting to a Mariners lineup that is just not quite as good as the Astros right now.
The Phillies already have J.P. Crawford, but he has not performed up to the hype since being promoted from the minors. The Phillies may still give him a chance after he returns from the disabled list, but shortstop is one of the few weaknesses in their lineup. The Phillies are likely to spend big this offseason on a guy like Machado, and they could try to trade for him now to get ahead of the competition to sign Machado to a large contract this offseason.
New York Yankees
The Yankees could be a potential trading spot for Machado because they have so many assets. The Yankees also will be willing to spend the money on Machado this offseason if they want to sign him. The Orioles may be hesitant to make a trade within the division as Machado would be yet another star to go to New York. The Yankees have a legitimate chance to win the World Series this year, and Machado would certainly help their chances.
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