Superstar shortstop Manny Machado is the newest member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to multiple reports, the Dodgers completed a deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, sending the soon-to-be-free-agent to LA in exchange for five minor league prospects. The minor league prospects included in the deal are Yusniel Diaz, Rylan Bannon, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop and Breyvic Valera.
The players involved in the trade have reportedly been notified.
Machado was drafted No. 3 overall by the Orioles in the 2010 MLB Draft, and made his major league debut in 2012 playing exclusively at third base. He has since moved into a role as an everyday shortstop, a role he will resume with the Dodgers given Corey Seager's season-long absence following Tommy John Surgery.
The 26-year-old experienced his best hitting season in 2016, batting .294 with 37 home runs and 96 RBIs, and could be set to surpass these marks in 2018. Machado is currently hitting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs through 96 games this season.
Below is a look at some of the career accolades for Manny Machado:
- 2013 - All-Star, Golden Glove, Platinum Glove
- 2015 - All-Star, Golden Glove
- 2016 - All-Star
- 2018 - All-Star
- Batting Average - .283
- Hits - 977
- Home Runs - 162
- RBIs - 471
Tune in to AM 570 LA Sports for the latest on the arrival of Manny Machado, and check out below for tweets from some of the reporters that have been all over this story for the past few days.
The trade is official! Manny Machado has been informed he’s been traded to the #Dodgers— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 18, 2018
Looks like the Machado trade to the #dodgers will go through. #orioles getting back 5 players. Told just some "final points to review" and that medical concerns have been "all but addressed." Not a deal-breaker. So stay tuned— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) July 18, 2018
Orioles getting Diaz, Kramer, Bannon, Pop, Valera, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2018
Deal is Machado for Diaz, Kremer, Pop, Bannon and Valera.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 18, 2018
Source confirms: No cash going from #Orioles to #Dodgers. Machado owed about $6.3M for rest of season, but LAD still projected to be under luxury-tax threshold. Getting close to $197M threshold, though, as team also seeks a reliever.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2018
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