Manny Machado Trade Rumors: Yankees Offered Top-10 Prospects for Orioles Star

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Manny Machado Trade Rumors: Yankees Offered Top-10 Prospects for Orioles Star
Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado stands on the field during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Friday, July 13, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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The New York Yankees have offered prospects within the top 10 of their system in trade talks with the Baltimore Orioles for star shortstop Manny Machado.

George King III of the New York Post reported the news but did not name any specific players. The Orioles are expected to trade Machado by the July 31 deadline before he hits the unrestricted free-agent market this winter.

The Orioles pulled Machado from their game Sunday against the Texas Rangers after rain made the field potentially unsafe. 

“That’s part of it,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters. “We know what’s going on, the potential. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that was all it. My thought on that is, what are you telling the other eight people? Obviously, there’s a different situation going on with Manny. You all know that. That had a lot to do with it. … A month ago, he wouldn’t have come out of the game. We know that. You know it. You’re smart. I think you know what’s going on.”

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported the Orioles are on the “10-yard line” in trade discussions. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers are seen as the favorites at the moment.

The Yankees are interested in Machado but have a more immediate need in their starting pitching staff. Luis Severino has been their only reliable All-Star-caliber starter all season, and they’ve been forced to trot out the struggling Sonny Gray and Domingo German every fifth day. Finding a starter is more pressing than adding another bat to what’s already one of the best lineups in baseball.

Jim Bowden of The Athletic also reported the Yankees have refused to include top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield in any negotiations, so that may rule them out altogether. 

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