BALTIMORE – (Wire Service Report) – The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired star shortstop Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday in exchange for five prospects. In the deal, the Orioles receive top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz, as well as minor league right-handers Dean Kremer and Zach Pop and infielders Rylan Bannon and Breyvic Valera.
Manny Machado and new teammate Matt Kemp (right).
The agreement between the two sides, reported as essentially finalized Tuesday night, reportedly hit a snag Wednesday afternoon over the medicals of one of the Dodgers prospects involved. The player at question was not Diaz, the centerpiece of the deal, according to media reports.
Machado, 26, is batting .315 with 24 homers, 65 RBIs and a .963 OPS in the final year of his contract before becoming a free agent. A four-time All-Star, he’s projected to fetch a long-term deal approaching $300 million on the open market this winter.
The Dodgers were aggressive in their pursuit of Machado with their own All-Star shortstop, Corey Seager, out for the season recovering from Tommy John surgery. They outbid the Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians, among others, according to reports.
The Dodgers (53-43) are a half-game ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West. Los Angeles fell one game short of a World Series title last year, losing in Game 7 to the Houston Astros.
The Dodgers also made a splash ahead of last year’s trade deadline, acquiring right-hander Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers.
Machado, who still played for the Orioles in the All-Star Game on Tuesday despite reports of him being sent to the Dodgers, expressed his appreciation toward the Baltimore organization during a midgame interview on the Fox broadcast.
“It was a tremendous honor to wear this uniform. They gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues,” Machado said. “That’s everyone’s dream, they gave me that. They gave me the opportunity to play shortstop again. The organization has done everything [for me].
“So if this is the last time [wearing an Orioles uniform] … hopefully I did everything I could for the organization.”
Machado finishes his Orioles career with a .283 average, 162 home runs and 471 RBIs in seven seasons.
Diaz, 21, hit .314 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 59 games with the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate in Tulsa, Okla., this season. He impressed at Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game, slugging two home runs.
Kremer, 22, went 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA in 17 combined starts with high Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Tulsa. Pop, 21, was 1-2 with seven saves and a 1.04 ERA in 30 games with low Class-A Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga.
Valera, 26, is the only player headed back to the Orioles in the trade with major league experience, having appeared in 20 games with the Dodgers this season. He hit .172 with four runs and four RBIs. Bannon, 22, hit .296 with 20 home runs and 61 RBIs in 89 games with Rancho Cucamonga.
–Field Level Media