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Finding the right fit
The Baltimore Orioles are poised to move star third baseman Manny Machado in the next day or two, according to a report from USA Today Baseball Columnist Bob Nightengale. Now comes the hard part: keeping him away from the division rival New York Yankees.
Nightengale reported the Orioles will trade Machado but not to the Yankees, and are looking for a trade partner that won't just turn around Machado and flip him to the team's rival in the AL East.
"(Orioles owner Peter) Angelos isn’t about to trade Machado to the Yankees, and watch Machado help the Yankees win the AL East.
He won’t deal Machado to another team that has covert plans to flip Machado to the Yankees.
And he won’t deal Machado to a team if he believes they could fall out of the race by the July 31 trade deadline, trading Machado to the Yankees for the pennant stretch."
Nightengale added the Orioles have 10 legitimate offers in hand for Machado. The Chicago White Sox have so far been the most aggressive team in the chase, but Nightengale wrote the O's might not completely trust them, making the St. Louis Cardinals perhaps the favourites to land Machado.
The Yankees may not land Machado, but they're far from done adding this off-season.
George A. King III from the New York Post reported the Yankees have discussed a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole.
"According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Yankees and Pirates are discussing a deal that would bring right-hander Gerrit Cole from Pittsburgh and possibly would include outfielder Clint Frazier leaving The Bronx."
King III added the move could make sense for the Pirates as well, with Frazier acting as a replacement for Andrew McCutchen, who is expected to be dealt away from Pittsburgh at some point this off-season.
Along with Cole, King III reported the Yankees are also looking at Patrick Corbin from the Arizona Diamondbacks, and could also re-sign CC Sabathia.
Zack Greinke will not be going to the Texas Rangers, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, but there are still team's interested in the pitcher's services.
Greinke to the Rangers talk is said to be "pretty dead," Heyman reported. But there are still three other teams still in the mix.
Greinke is owed $127 million over the next four years, but the Diamondbacks are offering to offset some of the money, Heyman added.
There is a good chance the Washington Nationals will lose star slugger Bryce Harper when he becomes a free agent after next season. The team could be proactive in finding his replacement a year earlier.
SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reported the Nationals are a darkhorse for free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez.
Cotillo added the Nationals could move Michael Taylor to make room for Martinez alongside Harper and Adam Eaton for a year, and would be possible insurance for Harper if he leaves in a year.