BALTIMORE, Md. – Bye, bye birdie. Manny Machado’s days are done as a member of the Baltimore Orioles.
Machado, one of the top players in baseball, has been traded from the Orioles to the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. Baltimore ships the 26 year-old, four-time All-Star to L.A. in exchange for five prospects.
The Orioles acquire OF Yusniel Díaz, INF Rylan Bannon, RHP Breyvic Valera, RHP Dean Kremer, and RHP Zach Pop in exchange for Machado. Valera will be assigned to Triple-A Norfolk, while the other four prospects have been assigned to Double-A Bowie.
Since April 30th, every start but one (June 30th) made by Virginia Beach native (Cox High School/UVA) Chris Taylor has come at shortstop. It’s expected Taylor will return to centerfield with the acquisition of Machado, who is eligible for free agency this coming offseason.
This season, Machado is batting .315 with 115 hits, 24 home runs and 65 runs batted – all top 10 in the American League.