The Baltimore Orioles have finally traded Manny Machado and they will be sending him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a package of five prospects. The prospects being sent back to the Orioles will be outfielder Yusniel Diaz, third baseman Rylan Bannon, right-handed pitchers Dean Kremer, Zach Pop and infielder Breyvic Valera.
This is huge for the Dodgers even though he will likely just be a rental, because Corey Seager is out for the rest of the season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. This will enable Chris Taylor to go back to more a utility role, where he is a better player. Machado is owed $6.3 million for the rest of the season, which won’t be a big deal for the Dodgers because they of course have deep pockets and will still be under the luxury tax threshold so they won’t be paying any penalties for that.
While the Dodgers of course had to give up a number of prospects to make this deal happen, it was still a no-brainer because Machado is maybe the best shortstop in all of baseball, he is a four-time all-star and is also in the middle of the best season of his career and will be a very welcome sight for the rest of the season for LA. Not too much more needs to be said about what the Dodgers will be receiving because it’s pretty known what they’ll be getting and will really help them as they try and make it back to the World Series.
The headliner of this deal for the Orioles is undoubtedly outfielder Yusniel Diaz. He was the fourth-ranked prospect in the Dodgers organization and is the number 86 prospect in all of baseball. He’s a pretty athletic outfielder and is viewed as a pretty good defender and someone who could hit for a high average at the major league level (currently hitting .314 in AA).
The other two prospects that were ranked in the top-30 for the Dodgers that they will be sending to the Orioles is third baseman Rylan Bannon, who is viewed as mostly a good fielder, but is also having a nice offensive season in advanced single-a, and right-handed pitcher Dean Kremer, who projects to have a really nice fastball and a pretty good curveball and he has a .303 ERA in two different levels of the minor leagues this season.
Baltimore got a pretty nice package for Machado and while he would normally command more of a return for this, he is simply a rental and has already said that he will enter the market after the season, which doesn’t necessarily mean he would’t re-sign with whatever team he ended up going to, in this case Los Angeles.
I like this deal for the Dodgers, because they obviously had a huge hole at shortstop once Seager went down even though they had Chris Taylor to fill in, but now Taylor can move back to a utility role, where he is a more productive player for them.
Baltimore is clearly in a rebuild and getting a star prospect like Diaz and a couple of other very nice prospects who could turn into nice pieces makes sense for them and this definitely won’t be the last trade they make as it’s expected they will trade Zach Britton very soon and they could deal Adam Jones.