Manny Machado Trade 'Very Close'

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Manny Machado takes a selfie with Matt Kemp.

The trade of Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package headed by minor-league outfielder.

So, Rosenthal and Machado both *surely* knew it was a done deal during that interview.

Should Machado never play in an Orioles uniform again, he will leave the team now in ninth in career slugging percentage in Orioles history (.486).

Manny Machado has been on the trade block for the majority of the 2018 Major League Baseball season, and the Baltimore Orioles shortstop could be a member of another team as soon as Wednesday.

Machado spoke briefly to reporters in the American League clubhouse three hours before the All-Star Game on Tuesday and said he has not received any updates on his status from the Orioles or his agent.

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Machado makes sense given that the Dodgers lost franchise shortstop Corey Seager to Tommy John surgery, and that in tandem with the lack of production at second base has left them thin in the infield.

The Dodgers enter the All-Star break with a 53-43 record, sitting in first place in the NL West, with a half game lead over the Diamondbacks.

Machado can continue playing shortstop if the Dodgers do trade for him, and at least offensively he's a clear upgrade for them.

Baltimore has had extensive talks with the Philadelphia Phillies, who now employ a number of former Orioles executives who were involved in drafting and developing Machado.

Machado had grown tired of questions regarding his future, which reached an awkward apex Tuesday afternoon.

No, that's not a huge difference, which reflects two facts: we're well past the midpoint of the season, and SportsLine was already quite bullish on the Dodgers moving forward. But for now, I'm just trying to worry about today, not try to worry about anything else.

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