Hey everyone. Lifetime Orioles fan checking in. Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m doing okay. Previous years of organizational failure and front office debauchery has prepared me for this moment. Manny Machado, the greatest thing to appear in Baltimore since Adam Jones and Old Bay, was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The trade rumblings had been persistent throughout the entire season, and with Machado on the national stage at the All Star Game, the entire situation came to head.
Speculation was persistent every time Manny was shown on your TV screen. But at the end of the All Star festivities, real reports began to solidify. The Baltimore Orioles shipped Machado to Los Angeles for 5 prospects, outfielder Yusniel Díaz, right-hander Dean Kremer, third baseman Rylan Bannon, righty Zach Pop and third baseman Breyvic Valera. Díaz is the no. 47 prospect in Baseball America’s midseason ranking.
A lot of other teams missed out on trade, and few served to gain from it. Here are the winners and losers from the trade.
Winners: The Orioles
You would think that trading a generational talent like Machado wouldn’t constitute a win, but the Orioles came out of this trade with a bevy of riches, prospect-wise. The 5 for 1 trade was a perfect model, providing Baltimore with a speck of organizational depth that has been missing for many years. Considering that this was Manny’s last year before free agency, and there was absolutely no guarantee that he planned to resign with the O’s. It was wise for them to pull the trigger on a deal. It’s even better that they got a variety of prospects that should project well over the coming years. Díaz was a part of this year’s Future’s game, hitting two home runs in the contest. He is hitting .314 with a .905 OPS. The Orioles expect him to be up at the Major League level within the next 2 years.
Losers: Orioles Fans
This Machado trade spells the end of the Orioles’ window of prosperity. After years of mediocrity, the team flipped the switch in 2012, making the playoffs for the first time since 1997. They proceeded to make the playoffs two other times, in 2014 and 2016. But this year, the Orioles are a far cry from their successful run of 4 years. They are now in contention to be the worst team in baseball with the Kansas City Royals. Trading Machado was the proverbial white flag on their success window. It marks the beginning of rebuilding mode. This trade also showed that they are not afraid to trade anyone, meaning that multiple other fan favorites, including Adam Jones (I would cry) and Zach Britton could be shipped off in the name of rebuilding.
Winners: The Dodgers
The Dodgers found a way to get one of the best offensive superstars in the league, while not giving up a single Major League player. I’d say that’s a win. Whether or not he signs at the end of this season is irrelevant, because the present is the most pressing matter. He is a game changing entity who should help to bolster the Dodgers during their playoff run.
Losers: Anyone who didn’t get Machado
Here is a list of all the teams that were in talks with the Orioles to get Machado: the Philadelphia Phillies, the Milwaukee Brewers, the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Cleveland Indians. They didn’t get him, so they automatically lose of as of right now. Machado has the ability to strengthen an offense immediately. In the past couple of years, he has a combined WAR (wins above replacement) of 10.3, according to Baseball Reference. At his current pace, he will double his WAR from last year. Those wins could be valuable for any team, so those that didn’t get him will feel the impact.
Winner: Manny Machado
Manny Machado was a star in Baltimore. He was loved by the local fans, and with his talent, he transcended into the national stage. This move to LA will only serve to propel Manny into superstardom. There is no better place for him to be than in Chavez Ravine, surrounded by celebrities and other superstar athletes. The move that sent him to one of the biggest markets in sports will only serve to increase his popularity. He’s also made for the big stage, and he’ll have the opportunity to be on it in LA.