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Red Sox are big winners with Manny Machado heading to Dodgers

Alex Reimer
July 18, 2018 - 7:12 pm
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Manny Machado is reportedly on his way out of the American League. That's great news for the Red Sox.

The Orioles have agreed to ship the slugging shortstop/third baseman to the Dodgers, according to multiple reports. In exchange, the Orioles will reportedly get five prospects, including Yusniel Diaz, the Dodgers' fourth-ranked prospect.

Early on, the Yankees were linked to Machado, thanks to their deep farm system and loads of financial flexibility. Acquiring Machado would’ve made the Yankees’ powerful lineup even more formidable, creating a deadly middle of the order with fellow right-handed sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Considering three of the Red Sox’ top four starters are lefties –– Chris Sale, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez –– that combination could’ve wreaked havoc on Boston into the fall. 

Plus, Machado’s presence would’ve allowed the Yankees to trade either shortstop Didi Gregorious or third baseman Miguel Andujar for a No. 2 starter. Now the Bombers may be inclined to keep their two rising stars on the left side, making the search for high-end starting pitching more difficult. 

On paper, the Yankees would’ve probably been the World Series favorite with Machado, despite their 4.5-game deficit in the division. He’s enjoying the best season of his career, hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs. From the Red Sox’ perspective, Machado joining the Yankees for the pennant race would’ve been a disaster. 

While the Yankees can still sign Machado this offseason, they no longer have a built-in advantage. The Dodgers, who will play Manny Machado at shortstop for the duration of the season in place of the injured Corey Seager, will likely be interested in his services as well. In order to create room for Machado, they could move Seager or Justin Turner to first base, shifting Cody Bellinger to the outfield. 

At 25 years old, Machado is one of the premier superstars in baseball. His time out of the AL East may only last for a couple of months, but it’s far preferable to the alternative. 

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